Planning

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Responsibility for Ireland's marine planning system has been formally transferred to the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. The transfer from from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is based on a recommendation made by the former Attorney General Pa

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Peter Mullan has been appointed as chairperson of An Bord Pleanála. Mr Mullan has served as interim chairperson of the planning body since September 2023, having first been appointed as a temporary board member in January 2023, and will now take up the position on a permanent basis.

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The High Court has determined that a challenge to a grant of planning permission was, in reality, a “collateral challenge” to the underlying decision of the planning authority. Delivering judgment for the High Court, Mr Justice Garrett Simons warned that “a litigant cannot use proc

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New ministerial guidelines aimed at creating more attractive, liveable, well-designed, high-quality urban places have been published. The Sustainable Residential Development and Compact Settlements Guidelines have been issued under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, mea

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Proposed changes to Northern Ireland's planning regulations have been put out to a public consultation. The Department for Infrastructure is consulting on proposed revisions and changes to the Planning (Development Management) Regulations (NI) 2015 is launched as part of its planning improvement pro

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A new Planning and Environmental Court with three dedicated judges has been officially launched today in a bid to speed up complex judicial reviews. Mr Justice Richard Humphreys will preside over the court, which has been established as a specialised division within the High Court and has been warml

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No prosecutions have been brought for felling or damaging protected trees in Northern Ireland since 2019 despite more than 350 complaints. A new report by the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) finds that while 369 tree protection breaches reported between 2019 and 2022, only one res

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The High Court has determined that leave granted to bring judicial review proceedings concerning Kilkenny wind farm must be set aside. Delivering judgment for the High Court, Mr Justice Humphreys warned that “one can only encourage people not to leave it until the last day to try to institute

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The High Court has affirmed a decision of the Circuit Court to grant a planning injunction sought by the neighbour of the first respondent. Delivering judgment for the High Court, Mr Justice Michael Twomey stated: “While there will be hardship to Mr Hogan... when a planning injunction is sough

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Landmark new planning legislation will improve access to justice by "switching away from a 'no foal no fee' basis to one where we are going to cover the costs, win or lose", transport minister Eamon Ryan has claimed. Ministers yesterday approved the Planning and Development Bill 2023, which the Depa

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The Office of the Planning Regulator has published the inaugural edition of a new quarterly bulletin titled Learning from Litigation. The bulletin, produced by lawyers at Fieldfisher, has been developed in response to a survey of local authority planning personnel which indicated that they wanted to

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An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the Shannon estuary. The proposed €650 million project "would be contrary to current government policy, and in the absence of such policy support... would be contrary to the proper pla

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