Date: 13th October 2017

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 upcoming developments, such as new amendments to the EIA Directive from May 2017, the new EIA screening process as well as recent course decisions relating to EIA and the Habitats Directive. We will also examine proposed revisions to the Emissions Trading Scheme, new national mitigation plans under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, as well as a number of recent Irish Cases and lessons to be learned from them.

This one-day course will be beneficial and informative, will further develop your knowledge on the legal side to this topic, and may help you avoid costly mistakes in the future. Attendees will leave with a full course pack (as well as an electronic copy), and with 5 structured CPD points to add to their yearly requirements.

Course Content Includes:

  • New amendments to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive from May 2017
  • New EIA screening process under the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016
  • Proposed revisions to the Emissions Trading Scheme from 2021
  • Recent references to the Court of Justice made by the Irish Courts in relation to screening for appropriate assessment, mitigation measures, compensation measures and access to justice
  • 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 Pleanala
  • New national mitigation plans and adaptation frameworks under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015
  • New controls on waste water discharges, waste tyres and pay by weight
  • 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
    • The Whitestown dump
    • Odour nuisance from landfill
    • Suspension of a licence or permit

This one-day course will be particularly relevant to practitioners who are involved in the planning process, both from a private sector and a local authority perspective. This topic will be relevant to state agencies and semi-state companies, planners, local governments, environmental and engineering services, project managers, engineers, developers, construction companies, energy companies, utility companies.

On completion you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate of Attendance as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Points. Please note certificates are issued only at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full 5 hours. 

Brendan Slattery, Partner, Barry Doyle & Company

Brendan has spent the last four years prosecuting environmental offences for the Environmental Protection Agency and defending decisions of An Bord Pleanala from challenge.  The practice at Barry Doyle & Company is at the leading edge of environmental and planning law in Ireland, working with many local authorities, the Irish Environmental Network, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Health and Safety Authority.

Before joining Barry Doyle & Company in 2013, Brendan Slattery was a partner working within the Litigation Department at Arthur Cox, with specific emphasis on public authority regulation and control. During fourteen years there, he developed a strong practice in the field of environment, planning and climate change. He has extensive experience advising regulatory authorities, developers, funders and objectors on a wide range of local and national infrastructure. Having worked on almost every major energy infrastructure project in Ireland within the past ten years, including every major waste-fuelled power project, and on significant projects within the transport, water, wastewater, pharmachem, building materials and agri-business, sectors, Brendan has been advising on the most important issues in this complex area of the law.

He has been recognised by his clients as ‘an expert in national and EU environmental law’ (The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)) and as a leading practitioner of both Environmental law and Climate change law (PLC Which Lawyer?).  Brendan has delivered papers on planning and environmental law at Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, the Law Society of Ireland, the Kings Inns, the Irish Environmental Law Association, to Engineers Ireland, the Irish branch of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, the Composting Association of Ireland, the Irish Business Employer’s Confederation and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.

Training Environment:

CMG Professional Training courses take place at our state-of-the-art training facility in the Apex Building situated in the Beacon Quarter of Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. The CMG Training Centre is accessible by the Luas, (Sandyford line, Stillorgan stop – 6 mins walk) several bus options (the number 11 travels from O Connell street Dublin and stops directly outside the training centre) and we are situated very close to the M50 at the Beacon Hospital corner. There are several car parks within a three minute walk from the training centre with very competitive ‘all day’ parking rates and we have a range of coffee shops (including Starbucks) as well as shops and restaurants nearby.

Date, Time & Venue:

Date:  13th October, 2017

Times: 9.30 am to 3.30pm

Venue: Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Dublin 18

Course Cost:

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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