Nick Harding

Nick Harding is an associate in the London office of Gowling WLG, practising in the areas of environmental law and planning law. Nick has several years of experience advising corporate and public sector clients regarding planning agreements, highway agreements, environmental and planning aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, environmental permits, waste management issues, arguing planning appeals and defending judicial review applications.

Experience

Environmental

  • Advised South Tees Development Corporation on contaminated land liability issues regarding a major redevelopment site subject to a compulsory purchase order.
  • Advised Blackstone on the environmental compliance aspects of the acquisition of UK student accommodation company IQ from Goldman Sachs, the UK's largest private real estate transaction at circa £4 billion, specifically in relation to the target's compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).
  • Providing ongoing advice to an international supermarket chain on environmental liability provisions of contracts for the acquisition of brownfield sites and negotiating planning agreements relating to the development of new stores.
  • Advised Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc on their environmental reporting obligations under the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting scheme in relation to its IPO, which raised £350 million.
  • Advised colleagues in the environmental team in Gowling's Toronto office on the EC Regulation on Shipments of Waste regarding a waste management client whose shipment of waste was being held in an EU member state on suspicion of a breach of the Regulation and the Basel Convention.
  • Advising a US-headquartered car manufacturer relating to the management of construction waste at one of their engine plants in the UK.

Planning

  • Successfully advised Ineos, a multinational chemicals company, in relation to an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for an underground gas storage facility in Cheshire.
  • Successfully represented Salmon Harvester Properties (a JV between Salmon Property and NFU Mutual) at a planning inquiry to obtain planning permission for a £200 million mixed-use scheme comprising 217 build-to-rent apartments and 106,000sqft of offices in Windsor.
  • Advised SEGRO Plc regarding planning and compulsory issues associated with the £202 million acquisition of Perivale Park, a 34-acre warehouse estates in West London, from Federated Hermes.
  • Advised a US-headquartered real estate company with the acquisition of a UK-based housebuilder for circa £267 million. Advice included reviewing the target's development pipeline and reporting on planning and environmental compliance.
  • Providing ongoing advice to an Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) regarding the Protective Provisions of Development Consent Orders for various solar parks and wind farms which affect their assets across the country.
  • Continuing to act for a national UK housebuilder on the negotiation of a planning agreement relating to the proposed development of a sustainable urban extension to the west of Northampton, comprising up to 1,750 new homes, a new primary school and a mixed-use local centre.
  • Acting for the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London in relation to the negotiation of planning agreements relating to development schemes across London which are "called-in" by the Mayor for his own determination.

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Nick Harding

Nick Harding
@HardingPlanning

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Nick Harding

Nick Harding
@HardingPlanning

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Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
       2018
      Gowling WLG, associate
  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2015
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
       2015
      Cripps LLP, associate
  • 2013

    • Career
       2013
      Zyda Law, trainee
    • Education
       2013
      The College of Law, Legal Practice Course
  • 2012

    • Education
       2012
      University of the West of England, LLB (Hons)