Biodiversity Net Gain – Embedding green shoots into the recovery: EP3

The embedding of environmental net gain is a headline of the UK Government’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment. In this series of three episodes, we discuss how the UK Government proposes to implement the principle of biodiversity net gain for development. All three episodes are now available for you to listen to here. … Read more

Biodiversity Net Gain – Embedding green shoots into the recovery: EP2

The embedding of environmental net gain is a headline of the UK Government’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment. In this series of three episodes, we discuss how the UK Government proposes to implement the principle of biodiversity net gain for development. Episode 2: Achieving the biodiversity gain objective In Episode 1 of this … Read more

Biodiversity Net Gain – Embedding green shoots into the recovery: EP1

The embedding of environmental net gain is a headline of the UK Government’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment. In this series of three episodes, we discuss how the UK Government proposes to implement the principle of biodiversity net gain for development. Episode 1: Biodiversity gain as a condition of planning permission In this … Read more

Environment Bill reintroduced

The Environment Bill 2020 was re-introduced into the House of Commons last week. It is an updated version of the bill published in October 2019 that was withdrawn due to the General Election (see here for our blog post on this). If adopted, it will be the most substantial piece of primary legislation on the … Read more

Plastics – modern wonder

This article was first published on 11 December 2019 in Real Estate. Reconsidered. Our love affair with man-made plastics really began in the 19th century with a material derived from cellulose called Parkesine after its British inventor Alexander Parkes. Now there are around 45 unique types of plastics, each with dozens of variations. The key … Read more

Real Estate. Reconsidered

Yesterday the HSF Real Estate team launched Real Estate. Reconsidered, a collection of our thoughts on some of the key issues that are impacting the real estate sector and our opinions on what the future may hold for the real estate market and its legal landscape. To read Real Estate. Reconsidered click here. Please contact us … Read more

The Environment Bill

The rug was pulled from under the feet of the first substantial primary legislation on the environment since 1995 by the announcement of a December 2019 General Election. The Environment Bill had received a second reading on 28th October where it received cross party support and was whisked onwards to the committee stages in which … Read more

Impact of net-zero by 2050 on aviation and airport development

In May, we reported on the outcome of five challenges to the Secretary of State’s decision to designate the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS), which sets out the Government’s policy support for expansion of Heathrow Airport. All five challenges were dismissed by the High Court. Since then, the Court of Appeal has made an order … Read more

Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain, in due course…

DEFRA released their response to the responses on the consultation in relation to the proposals for mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain in July, with it having been confirmed by the (then) Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Spring Statement that the forthcoming Environment Bill would mandate biodiversity net gain for development (housing and commercial, not … Read more