Planning law



Court of Appeal: Company represented by director's leave for JR of planning appeal denied

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has dismissed a company's application for judicial review of a decision to allow an appeal against an enforcement notice targeting a quarry.

Published 23 December 2020

High Court: Planning for development in 'Connolly Quarter' quashed

The High Court has quashed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for a development in the “Connolly Quarter” development scheme. The development included 741 “build-to-rent” apartments behind Connolly Station in Dublin.

Published 23 November 2020

High Court: Docklands development decision quashed

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys has quashed An Bord Pleanála’s (ABP) decision granting planning permission for the construction of buildings taller than allowed for in the development scheme for the Docklands.

Published 17 November 2020

Energy lawyer calls for planning law reform to bring down renewable electricity prices

Planning law reforms could help reduce the price of renewable electricity in Northern Ireland, a prominent energy lawyer has said.

Published 29 September 2020

Architectural heritage protection laws could be reviewed

Strict architectural heritage protection laws could be reviewed in order to encourage renovation of derelict urban properties, according to reports.

Published 22 September 2020

Bill to streamline forestry licensing process to be introduced this month

Legislation which will streamline the forestry licensing process by limiting who can appeal and introducing new fees will be presented to the Dáil within the next two weeks.

Published 18 September 2020

Supreme Court: Judges dismiss appeal in 20-year-long Trinity Hall saga

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal taken by James Kenny in a long saga of litigation related to the construction of student accommodation.

Published 18 August 2020

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