Planning Law

Planning law in Ireland whether you are applying for planning, wish to lodge an observation to a planning application are affected by a CPO or are a planning authority defending proceedings Hatstone (Ireland) LLP can assist you.

The Planning Law Process in Ireland

The Planning law process in Ireland is decentralised to the local authorities who are responsible in the first instance for dealing with planning applications for new permissions, retention permissions and enforcement of unlawful planning.

Additionally, on a macro level every five years Local Area Plans are drawn up by the authorities and are voted on by the democratically elected members of the local authorities at which point the development strategies are put in place for the next five year cycle.

With regard to individual planning applications on a micro level individual applications are first made to the local authority concerned and if required An Bord Pleanála has a supervisory role and is a statutory body set up to hear planning appeals from the local authorities. They may hold oral hearings on planning matters of strategic importance.

Once An Bord Pleanála has issued a determination it is binding unless it is appealed by way of a judicial review to the High Court.

Planning services offered

Whether you are applying for planning, wish to lodge an observation to a planning application are affected by a CPO or are a planning authority defending proceedings Hatstone (Ireland) LLP can assist you.

Hatstone (Ireland) LLP Solicitors have particular expertise in planning law, advising a range of clients on observations to local authorities, appeals to An Bord Pleanála, judicial reviews, planning injunctions and defending planning enforcement proceedings.

Firm solicitors can provide advice on emerging issues in a variety of commercial or contentious matters. Our Solicitors assist clients with securing planning consents and delivering their projects, infrastructure schemes and a range of other legal aspects of related to the development. Solicitors regularly represent their clients at oral hearings, judicial review planning injunction proceedings and defence of prosecutions under Irish planning laws.

Our Solicitors regularly provide advice to businesses, local authorities and a range of other statutory bodies on all aspects of planning law, including:

  • Planning applications
  • Observations on planning applications
  • Appeals to An Bord Pleanála
  • Judicial review Applications
  • Planning disputes and litigation,
  • Preparing observations regarding local area plans,
  • Strategic development zones,
  • Transport strategy issues and
  • Unauthorised development and enforcement proceedings.

To schedule an initial planning law consultation, contact us at +353 (01) 963 7000 or contactie@hatstone.com