Planning law



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

Proposals to restrict court challenges to planning applications would 'deny access to justice'

Government proposals to rewrite planning laws to reduce the number of judicial review challenges to controversial developments would deny communities access to justice, lawyers have warned.

Published 13 November 2019

High Court: Cork County Council refused application to direct property arbitrator to state a case on jurisdiction

The High Court has refused an application made by Cork County Council in which it sought an order to direct a property arbitrator to state a case regarding his jurisdiction.

Published 16 October 2019

First strategic housing development in Limerick rejected on environmental grounds

The first strategic housing development in Limerick has been refused planning permission on environmental grounds.

Published 4 October 2019

Mason Hayes & Curran: Experts doubt Ireland will meet 2030 renewable energy target

Senior business leaders and energy industry experts in Ireland do not believe the State will achieve its renewable energy targets, according to a new survey carried out by Mason Hayes & Curran.

Published 24 September 2019

Former planning chief appointed chair of Forestry Appeals Committee

Des Johnson, former director of planning at An Bord Pleanála, has today been appointed as chairperson of the Forestry Appeals Committee (FAC).

Published 23 September 2019

Bill to require a third of housing developments to be reserved for first-time buyers

A bill to require nearly a third of all housing developments to be set aside for first-time buyers is set to be introduced by Fianna Fáil next month.

Published 19 August 2019

Brendan Slattery: Are our planning laws failing us just when we need them most?

Brendan Slattery, partner and head of environment and planning at McCann FitzGerald, considers recent court challenges to strategic housing developments.

Published 22 July 2019

High Court: Decision to grant planning permission for large-scale Blackrock development overturned

The decision to grant planning permission for a large-scale housing development in Blackrock, Co Dublin, has been set aside in the High Court.

Published 12 July 2019

Sarah Conroy and Cian O'Gorman: The Vacant Housing Refurbishment Bill – a constructive step?

Beale & Co partner Sarah Conroy and trainee solicitor Cian O'Gorman consider whether a proposed bill represents a constructive step towards the refurbishment of Ireland's planning and building processes.

Published 18 January 2019