London – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary (“DLA Piper”) has advised Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited (HPUK), owner of the Port of Felixstowe, in its successful planning application for the reconfiguration of the southern part of the UK’s largest container port.
The approval comes after a public inquiry in 2004, following which the inquiry inspector recommended in favour of the proposals, subject to conditions. The project involves a major development of the southern part of the Port of Felixstowe; the development will see the conversion of the Port’s original Dock Basin, an area previously used by P&O North Sea Ferries, and the existing Landguard Terminal, into a new deep-sea container terminal.
The decision provides the first major planning permission for port development from the suite of applications recently considered by the Government. DLA Piper’s team was lead by planning partner Howard Bassford and who joined the organisation from Herbert Smith in 2004.
Howard stated: “The decision to allow the reconfiguration of Felixstowe South is particularly important because it means Hutchinson Ports has achieved the first major container terminal permission in the South East of England. The result is a tribute to the way in which the client team and the other professional advisers worked together and engaged with consultees. DLA Piper believes this constructive model is the future of major infrastructure promotion.”