Planning law



High Court: Injunction granted against quarry near conservation area

The High Court has granted an injunction against a quarry operating near the Leannan River Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Published 21 July 2020

First virtual planning hearing to take place next week

Northern Ireland's Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) is set to hold its first virtual pilot hearing next week.

Published 25 June 2020

Chinese embassy and Belfast residents clash in diplomatic immunity row

A legal row has developed between Belfast residents and the Chinese embassy over the construction of a new wall at the Chinese consulate in Belfast.

Published 25 June 2020

Planning system to pilot remote hearings within four to six weeks

Northern Ireland's Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) has announced plans to pilot remote hearings in selected cases within the next four to six weeks.

Published 2 June 2020

First-ever judicial review lodged over development's impact on energy efficiency

A judicial review lodged over the impact of a proposed development on the energy efficiency of a neighbouring building could have "far-reaching consequences", planning lawyers have said.

Published 1 June 2020

Planning system 'lagging badly' behind rest of the UK

Northern Ireland's planning system is "lagging badly" behind the rest of the UK in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by failing to introduce remote hearings, construction industry groups have said.

Published 28 May 2020

Local authority breached law by failing to implement language condition on planning permission

Kerry County Council breached planning laws by failing to implement a language condition attached to a planning permission for a housing development in the West Kerry Gaeltacht, An Coimisinéir Teanga has said.

Published 22 May 2020

Process for major planning applications amended for five months

The requirement to hold a public event as part of the pre-application process for major planning applications has been temporarily removed for five months.

Published 4 May 2020

Lawyers call for planning system to 'catch up' with rest of UK

Lawyers have called for Northern Ireland's planning system to "catch up" with the rest of the UK by introducing remote hearings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 April 2020

High Court: Only planning decision-maker under Planning and Development Act 2000 can apply for stay

The High Court has denied two interlocutory applications taken by Kilkenny County Council.

Published 16 March 2020

Georgina Wallace: Let there be light

Construction lawyer Georgina Wallace of Ronan Daly Jermyn gives an overview of the law relating to the right to light, recent case law in this area, and the implications of the right to light on developers.

Published 16 March 2020

High Court: Judicial review application to quash planning permission for wind farm rejected

A couple who live near a proposed wind farm in Co Galway have lost a legal bid to overturn planning permission for the development in the High Court.

Published 13 March 2020

Supreme Court: Decision to grant planning permission for Cork wind farm quashed

Planning permission for eleven wind turbines in Cork, granted by An Bord Pleanála, has been quashed in the Supreme Court.

Published 17 December 2019

Graham Pierce: A sign of the times

Graham Pierce, partner and head of commercial property at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, examines the law on signage in Northern Ireland.

Published 9 December 2019

High Court: Developer loses challenge to An Board Pleanála’s decision to refuse planning permission

A company seeking to develop a wind farm in Cork has lost an application for judicial review of a decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse planning permission based on the “cumulative impact on landscape and visual amenity”.

Published 29 November 2019