Planning law



High Court: Planning permission for safe injection site near primary school quashed

The High Court has quashed a decision by An Bord Pleanála for a safe injection site in Dublin due to a failure to consider the objections of a local primary school. The Board had provided temporary permission of three years for the facility, with a potential review of the development after that period.

Published 20 July 2021

Strategic housing developments to be scrapped following judicial review challenges

Strategic housing developments (SHDs) are set to be scrapped and replaced following a series of judicial review challenges in a shake-up of planning law for large-scale residential developments (LSRDs).

Published 14 July 2021

Planning rules to be revised to tackle bulk purchase of houses

New planning guidelines and legislation are set to be introduced to mitigate against the bulk purchase of houses and duplexes and allow for the earmarking of houses in certain developments for owner occupiers.

Published 19 May 2021

Temporary changes to major planning application process extended again

The temporary suspension of the requirement to hold a public event as part of pre-application community consultation on major planning applications has been extended until the end of September 2021.

Published 10 March 2021

High Court: Leave to appeal rejected in controversial planning case for 245 high-rise apartments in Finglas

The High Court has refused an application to grant An Bord Pleanála leave to appeal a decision to overturn a planning permission for high-rise accommodation in Finglas. The controversial development permission had previously been quashed in July 2020 by Mr Justice Denis McDonald, who had concluded that the Board failed to provide satisfactory reasons for the planning permission.

Published 2 February 2021

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