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NI Planning Conference 2023

Embracing the Plan-led system in Northern Ireland
06 September 2023 at 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM / Northern Ireland / Conference

06 September 2023 at 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast, County Antrim, United Kingdom, BT2 7AP
Price from
RTPI Northern Ireland | [email protected]

In 2015, Northern Ireland moved to a new plan-led system and we are now seeing Local Development Plans (LDPs) taking shape and progress through the adoption process.  So what does this mean for decision making?  How should decisions be taken in this new regime?  How should communities engage?  What does this mean under the new Climate Act?

We will hear from speakers and panels with experience of operating in plan-led systems, legal perspectives and policy makers.

Join us for a day packed with experiences, information sharing, best practice, top tips and of course many opportunities for discussion and networking.

Full programme available here


Conference Chair - Catharine McWhirter MRTPI - RTPI NI Chair

  • Keynote Speech - Department for Infrastructure
  • Richard Honey KC, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building
  • Gregory Jones KC, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building
  • Janet Askew MRTPI, President, European Council of Spatial Planners/Visiting Professor Ulster University
  • Colette Kane, Director and Local Government Auditor, NI Audit Office
  • Craig McGuicken, Northern Ireland Lead, Office for Environmental Protection
  • Ruth Richards, RTPI Complaints Investigator
  • Tom Evans, Swansea City Council
  • Andrea Kells MRTPI, Chief Commissioner, Planning Appeals Commission

Panel Members:

Panel Chair - Chris Bryson MRTPI, Gravis Planning and RTPI NI Senior Vice Chair

  • Pamela Clifford, RTPI Scotland Senior Vice Convenor
  • Denise Dickson MRTPI, Causeway Coast & Glens BC
  • Mark Hand MRTPI, Head of Placemaking, Regeneration, Highways and Flooding, Monmouthshire County Council