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Key Updates in Environmental and Planning Law

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road Sandyford Business District Dublin 18 (map)

Ensure you are aware of recent significant amendments, proposed changes, and examine lessons learned from recent legal cases

As practitioners know, the planning process is subject to extensive legal requirements. Particularly with the substantial updates in the last few months alone, those involved in this process must ensure they are up to date with important developments and changes regarding planning and environmental law, in order to successfully navigate the planning process and avoid costly mistakes. It is also important that planners keep one eye on what will be coming down the tracks, in order to be prepared for any potentially significant changes

This course will discuss important recent and upcoming developments, such as the new EIA Regulations, key changes made by the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 as well as recent European Court decisions relating to EIA and the Habitats Directive  and several decisions of the Irish Courts on planning and waste enforcement. During the course of this CPD certified training day, you will cover more than 100 different cases, laws and policy interventions.  Attendees will leave with a highly detailed full course pack, and with 5 structured CPD points to add to their yearly requirements.

Course Content

  • New amendments to EIA Regulations 

  • Key changes made by the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018

  • Recent references to the Court of Justice made by the Irish Courts, including
    – People Over Wind v. Coillte, about mitigation measures and screening for appropriate assessment
    – Grace v. An Bord Pleanála, about compensatory measures and appropriate assessment
    – Holohan v. An Bord Pleanála, about main alternatives, baseline data, recording an assessment
    – North East Pylon Pressure Campaign and Klohn, about access to justice and costs
    Shannon LNG, about extending the life of a planning permission

  • Recent Court of Justice decisions on EIA and the Habitats Directives

  • Enforcement proceedings by the European Commission against Ireland

  • New strategic housing consent process with An Bord Pleanála

  • Recent Irish Cases will be discussed throughout the day, including:
    – The fallout from O’Grianna
    – The Corrib Gas Project
    – The North South Interconnector
    – The Apple Data Centre
    – Windfarms nationwide
    – Solar power projects
    – Odour nuisance from landfill
    – Planning enforcement
    – Suspension of a licence or permit
    – Substitute consent
    – Regulation of quarries

Who Should Attend?

Any public or private organisation looking to drive efficiencies and savings including manufacturers, suppliers, building and design professionals, government bodies, semi state agencies, retailers, consultancy practices, legal professionals to name just a few.


This course costs €395.00 per person (Early Bird rate)  and includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, nespresso coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

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