Whenever there should be a proposed development on sites designated SAC (Special Area of Conservation) and SPA (Special Protection Area), a competent authority is required to assess the environmental impact to the site, whether this be adverse or otherwise. It is required by An Bord Pleanala that the selected competent authority must avail of the best possible scientific knowledge whilst carrying out their assessment.

O’Connell & Clarke Solicitors aim to help clients in relation to the adequacy and accuracy of their assessments by engaging scientists and other experts relevant to the particular site, and additionally by reviewing the information which was originally made available to the competent authority.