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Lovells has secured a lead role advising on the establishment of a £400m 30-acre renewable energy plant in Peterborough.
A team from the firm’s planning department, led by partner Claire Dutch, advised Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited (PREL) on the planning application for the park.
Dutch said: “It’s a new client for Lovells and we’ve already had queries from PREL regarding new deals, particularly in the funding area. It’s a very promising start for us.”
Dutch assembled a small team to advise on the application process, with infrastructure and finance partner Phillip Brown assisting, along with one associate and two trainees from the planning department.
The deal required Dutch and her team to work closely with Peterborough City Council and local landowners to negotiate the planning of the plant. Peterborough City Council used its in-house legal team to advise on the project.
In 2007 Dutch led a team from Lovells that advised recycling and disposal company Cory Environmental on its successful application to build an energy-from-waste plant in the London Borough of Bexley.
Dutch said: “Our experience on this project definitely led PREL to us. They are both pretty large scale projects and I think having the background understanding of the challenges is a real asset.”