Planning Conference: New Bill, New Dawn?

Chair: Mr. Justice David Holland


Why attend? This conference will examine key provisions of the Planning & Development Bill 2023 published by the Government in November last year.

  • The Bill proposes to consolidate the existing legislation and introduce very significant changes to the planning system in Ireland and in particular the law governing enforcement and judicial review of planning decisions.

  • The conference will analyse the key elements of the published Bill with a particular emphases in changes introduced since the previous draft bill published in early 2023.

  • It will highlight the proposed changes in the area of plans and policies , development control, enforcement, judicial review and costs.

  • The conference comes following the formal establishment of the Planning & Environmental List of the High Court; and provides a platform for proposals for further reform and refinement.

Who should attend? This will be of interest to practitioners at the Law Library, solicitors and others in profession services that will be interacting with the forthcoming Act and List.

The conference will be followed by refreshments and networking in the Sheds.

Accessibility Requirements: 

At the Bar of Ireland we wish for our events to be as welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all. Please provide us if comfortable with any accessibility related considerations so that we can endeavour to ensure a barrier free experience during the event. Emailevents@lawlibrary.ieto discuss your needs. 


Additional Information

The Planning, Environmental, and Local Government Bar Association of Ireland (PELGBA) is a specialist association for practising Barristers who practice in or have an interest in Planning, Environmental and Local Government Law in Ireland.

PELGBA seeks to advance the state of knowledge of the law in the areas of Planning, Environmental and Local Government Law and act as a forum for practising in this area. PELGBA aims to provide specialist education to its members through legal updates, morning and after court seminars, and an annual conference on topics related to Planning, Environmental and Local Government Law.

To date, PELGBA has held seminars on topics such as planning enforcement, mediation, housing law, as well as regular updates on developments in at domestic and EU case law and a conference on strategic housing.

PELGBA also promotes the Bar as a specialist provider of advocacy and legal advice in the area of Planning, Environmental and Local Government Law. In this role, it liaises with The Council of The Bar of Ireland and other relevant parties on issues of interest to its members.

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