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NI Planning Law Update 2019

The Planning Law Update is our most popular event each year and this year 120 delegates attended the Planning Law Update held in Planning Appeals Commission on 13th November 2019.


Recent Planning Appeal Cases

Trevor Rue/Pamela O'Donnell

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

As a Commissioner, Mr Rue has dealt with over 400 planning appeals and conducted eight public inquiries, including some high profile proceedings.  He has either written or updated nearly all the Commission's procedural guides, including its procedures for local development plan examinations and its guidance on costs awards.  In recent years he has spoken frequently at seminars about various aspects of the work of the Commission.

Pamela O'Donnell has been a member of the Planning Appeals Commission since January 2008 and Principal Commissioner since October 2018.

As a Commissioner, Ms O'Donnell has dealt with numerous planning appeals and referred work. She is currently updating internal guidance and training. She has spoken throughout her career at various seminars around planning related matters and was an active member of the Town and Country Planning Summer School for some 10 years, a charitable trust with the aim of advancing education in planning.

Trevor and Pamela's presentation is available here

Planning Law Update

Andrew Ryan

Andrew joined TLT in 2015 and is a planning and environment partner in the firm's UK-wide team, heading up the Belfast practice.

He has worked in Northern Ireland since 2006 and is recognised in both Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in planning, environment and clean energy. He has been involved in many of the most significant development projects in NI over the last decade including wind farms, regionally significant waste facilities, major residential and commercial developments, fuel storage facilities, electricity transmission infrastructure projects and road schemes.

Andrew has significant experience in the clean energy sector on the planning and regulatory aspects of energy generation projects, and has advised on the development and funding of numerous solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and waste to energy projects. He advises clients on a variety of issues including planning policy compliance, environmental permits, grid connection, power purchase agreements and incentive schemes. He has particular expertise in the Environmental Impact Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment.

Andrew also advises on enforcement proceedings, appeals and judicial review proceedings in NI relating to planning and environmental matters and provides advocacy in planning appeals and the magistrate's court. He also regularly advises on environmental liability issues in real estate and M&A transactions across the UK for example in relation to contaminated land and environmental regulatory compliance. Before qualifying in 2003 Andrew previously worked in enforcement and regulatory roles at the Environment Agency in England with a background in Environmental Biology and Oceanography. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management and UK Environmental Law Association.

Andrew's presentation is available here

Thank you to the Planning Appeals Commission for use of their venue

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