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28 Nov, 2016 2 min read

IPI Winter Planning Law Seminar

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The Irish Planning Institute held its Winter Planning Law Seminar in Portlaoise on Thursday 24th November. The event is an opportunity to catch up on the latest legal developments affecting the practice of planning and is a key event in the IPI’s CPD calendar.


Speakers at the event gave insights into planning and environmental law issues and included Tom Flynn BL – who gave a presentation on Compulsory Purchase Order Law, and Jarlath Fitzsimons who presented on Lanigan v Barry Supreme Court Judgement – Interpretation of the standard Condition 1 in planning permissions.


Suzanne Murray BL MIPI, made a presentation about the recent Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016. Her presentation laid out the ‘Five Pillars’ of action for government in its Rebuilding Ireland strategy – addressing homelessness, the provision of more housing, including social housing, utilising existing housing effectively and improving the rental sector. The bill is intended to be on the statute book before Christmas and to come into force immediately.


Ms Murray also outlined the changes to planning applications which mean that they will be made directly to An Bord Pleanála  instead of to the relevant housing authority, as has been the case up to now. The new process will include preapplication consultations being made to the appropriate planning authority which will involve screening requirements and a timeframe within which the board must make a decision. The aim of these changes is to speed up the planning process by preempting refusals.


Thomas Freeman BL presented on Recent significant judgments in the areas of Planning and Environmental Law. The presentation covered topics including – reasons for a judicial review, environmental impact assessment and project splitting, and functional interdependence. It also addressed  appeals to the Supreme Court, Section 50A, Section 5 Declarations and Section 160 injunctions in addition to waste management and strategic environmental assessment.


For more information about changes to planning law and how they may affect your business, contact us on  01 639 4836 today.

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