The debate on "one-off" housing in Ireland continues. Recent articles in the national press on 'locals only' planning policies have everyone talking ... again. Aside from the problem of traffic congestion in Letterkenny, the matter of who is entitled to build a house in the countryside always comes up in conversations when I introduce myself as … Continue reading ‘Locals only’ planning policies may be unlawful – but wait…
Chief Executive's briefing with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce This morning I attended the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce's briefing with the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Mr Seamus Neely. This is an annual event held by the Chamber, which also meets quarterly with Council officials to discuss issues of importance to the town and to … Continue reading Donegal County Council’s Strategic Priorities
Refusal of planning permission due to the presence of Japanese knotweed Last week I came across a refusal decision in the Donegal weekly planning lists that is worth highlighting because of its implications for proposals with entrances onto the public road where there is a known invasive species along the verge which may potentially obstruct visibility splays. … Continue reading Invasive species and planning
LJM Planning & Development Consultants provide planning consultancy and expert witness for planning appeals in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Here we tell you about making a planning appeal in the two jurisdictions and what to be aware of when considering making a planning appeal. Appeals in Northern Ireland In Northern Ireland, a refusal of planning permission … Continue reading Planning appeals
I just finished my presentation for World Town Planning Day 2016! I had the privilege to join planners in national planning associations and universities from around the world in this global online planning conference to celebrate town planning and the work of planners. I hope to take part in further events and discussions on town planning … Continue reading Successful presentation for World Town Planning Day 2016
For World Town Planning Day 2016 Online Global Conference I am giving a presentation on the challenges planners face when working across borders. With #Brexit looming, and the prospect of untying of EU Regulation, I see a need for continued and even greater co-operation across borders for spatial and strategic planning to ensure a sustainable future for our communities.
When I tell people I've started my own business as a Consultant Town Planner, I’m often asked questions like “Oh, what is it you do?” or “Isn’t that what the Council does?” It seems there's some confusion about what town planners actually do. My reply is simply that use or development of property or land … Continue reading What does a town planner do?
Derry City and Strabane District Council want your views on planning applications in their area by launching an innovative new programme of public consultation, IMPROVE. They are seeking feedback from the public on certain planning applications which they feel are on key or prominent sites. They would like feedback on how proposals look, making it … Continue reading Your Chance to “IMPROVE” Planning