October 1, 2021
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Course Description

As practitioners know, the planning process is subject to extensive legal requirements. 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 training day, you will cover more than 100 different cases, laws and policy interventions.  Attendees will leave with a highly detailed course pack.

Course Content

  • Module 1: Developments in Nature Conservation case-law
  • Recording the test for screening for AA and Stage II AA
  • Mitigation measures: Heather Hill Management Company, Sweetman v An Bord Pleanála & IGP Solar and     Highlands Residents
  • Mitigation measures and compensation measures: Briels, Hilda Orleans, Grace & Sweetman
  • Article 12 challenges: CJEU case-law, Redmond v ABP, Highlands Residents


  • Module 2: Substitute Consent
  • An Taisce v ABP (Supreme Court decision of July 2020)
  • New changes to substitute consent regime in Planning Act 2020
  • Decisions in J.J. Flood, Moore v ABP, Liscannor Stone v Clare County Council
  • Module 3: Strategic Housing
  • Interpretation of Development Plan  
  • Material contravention of zoning
  • Strategic planning policy requirements
  • Module 4: Access to Environmental Information
  • Meaning of environmental information (Redmond v CEI, Right to Know v CEI and DTTAS)
  • Definition of public authorities (Right to Know v CEI and Raheenleagh)
  • Manifestly unreasonable / frivolous requests

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.


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.


An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €425 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €525. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. The course cost includes all course documentation, Environmental & Planning Law Key Updates & Developments training pack and Certificates.


David Browne
Barrister, The Law Library

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