Planning & Environment:

As the planning process becomes more complex, it is increasingly important to obtain legal advice at the earliest possible stage. We have extensive experience in guiding our clients as they participate in the environmental regulation (including waste) and planning process, both as applicants and also as objectors. We provide advice and assistance in preparing submissions and appeals within permitted time limits, attending at oral hearings both before An Bord Pleanala and the EPA, and advising in relation to possible legal challenges arising from decisions made.

Judicial Review is the only legal remedy to challenge a decision of An Bord Pleanala or the EPA. There are very strict time limits within which judicial review may be taken. We have the experience, skills and resources to ensure that the necessary pleadings are issued and served within the appropriate timeframe. As failure to do so will result in a case being statute barred.

People over Wind and Peter Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta

Enforcement cases taken under Section 160 of the Planning and Development Act allow for an application to either the Circuit Court or High Court for a planning injunction, in circumstances whereby a person is concerned about a development which is being carried out without planning permission or where there is non-compliance with the conditions attached to a grant of planning permission. We have wide access to and work closely with planning consultants and specialist environmental engineer.

Wicklow County Council v Fortune;
Hunter v Nurendale
McCoy v Shillelagh Quarries.