Brexit stage left

Julie Vaughan, senior associate in the Environment team at Herbert Smith Freehills, co-authored an article for Estates Gazette on the legal impact of a Brexit. To read the article on EGi, please click here. Please also visit our Herbert Smith Freehills Brexit hub page, with sector by sector analysis of the implications of a Brexit.  Read more

EIA thresholds reduced

The regulations relating to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) set out various 'thresholds' for the purposes of determining whether development needs to be screened for EIA purposes. If the scale of the development is lower than the relevant threshold in the EIA regulations then no EIA screening is required and the planning application can be submitted … Read more

Government consults on business energy efficiency measures, including possible abolition of the CRC

The Government has launched a major consultation on the energy reporting and taxation regime for UK businesses. The consultation recognises that at present there are a number of overlapping energy efficiency schemes in force. This has created a high degree of complexity and potentially does not incentivise behaviours as intended. The Government is therefore considering … Read more

Today’s Announcement on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (5 February 2015)

The Government has introduced regulations to prohibit the letting of commercial properties in England and Wales rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) until their energy efficiency is improved and attains at least an E rating.  It is believed that the regulations could catch up to 17% of commercial buildings. 1. When … Read more