January 22, 2015 - Assignment

The Land and Environment Court of Appeal upholds permit for construction of new Slussen – one of the largest urban transformation projects in Sweden

The Land and Environment Court of Appeal at Svea Court of Appeal has on 21 January 2015 announced its judgment on the permit required for the reconstruction of the Slussen area, located in the heart of Stockholm between Old Town and Södermalm, connecting Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. The permit allows for the demolition of the existing water structures and the construction of new water structures, including larger canals to reduce the threat of flooding of Lake Mälaren and to protect the drinking water for two million people in the region, as well as a new water lock. The permit also allows for a new regulation of the water level of Lake Mälaren. The appeal relates to a judgment in February 2014 by the Land and Environment Court at Nacka District Court, which granted the permit sought by the City of Stockholm.

The permit granted in 2014 was appealed by the City of Stockholm, with respect to three conditions related to the reconstruction, as well as by Kammarkollegiet (the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency) and a number of private parties, who claimed that the City’s application should be dismissed or rejected, or that the conditions should be significantly tightened. The judgment declared by the Land and Environment Court of Appeal upholds the permit and changes the conditions only with respect to those claims brought by the City of Stockholm. An addition is that the City is instructed to investigate opportunities to improve the fish migration route through Norrström.

The City of Stockholm was represented by Mannheimer Swartling in the application process. Several lawyers from the firm’s Environment practice, led by Per Molander and Bo Hansson, were involved in the matter. Joel Mårtensson, Josefin Ohlson and Christoffer Lundqvist were also involved in the process before the Land and Environment Court of Appeal.