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Planning Law Update 2017

The Planning Law Update is our most popular event each year and this year once again 100 delegates attended the Annual Planning Law Update held in Planning Appeals Commission on 30th November 2017.


Trevor Rue, Deputy Chief Commissioner

Recent Appeal Decisions

Trevor has been a member of the Planning Appeals Commission since 1997 and Deputy Chief Commissioner since July 2012.

Trevor holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin and a Diploma in Town and Country Planning from Queen's University Belfast.  He has been a member of the RTPI since 1977 and was Chairman of the local branch in 1992 and serviced on its National Council for five years.

Before joining the Commission Trevor was employed for 22 years in the Planning Service of the Department of Environment NI.  As a Commission Trevor has dealt with over 400 planning appeals and conducted eight public inquiries, including some high profile proceedings.  He has either written or update nearly all the Commission's procedural guides, including its procedures for local development plan examinations and its guidance on costs awards.  In recent years has has spoken frequently about various aspects of the work of the Commission.

Trevor's presentation is available here

Richard Harwood QC

Case Law Update 2017

Richard Harwood OBE QC specialises in planning, environmental and public law acting for developers, landowners, central and local government, individuals and interested groups. He appears in the courts, inquiries, examinations and hearings, including frequently in the Planning Court and appellate courts.  Voted as one of the top ten Planning Silks in Planning Magazine's surveys, he has appeared in many of the leading cases of recent years.  Richard is also a leading commentator, a case editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law and the author of books including Planning Enforcement, Historic Environment Law and Planning Permission. Richard is a member of the Northern Irish Bar and the Bar Library, Belfast.

Richard's presentation is available here

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