Lovells acts on renewable energy plant development

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.”