A one-day conference

Venue: Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 25th September 2019

This conference will dig deep into the current planning issues and shed light on some possible solutions, discuss the National Planning Framework and what the future planning landscape looks like for the next 12 to 24 months. This and much more will be explored by an expert panel of speakers and delegates will get to ask important questions relevant to the progress of your projects.

This is a must attend for anyone involved in planning, particularly those who are looking to the future and preparing for the challenges and opportunities that will drastically change the landscape in the coming years.

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This conference content and advice will relate to all involved directly or indirectly in the planning process, environmental consultants, law, property professionals, local authority executives, government departments, semi-state agencies, contractors, developers, architects, and universities to name just a few




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Chairperson & Opening Remarks – Project 2040 Progress to date

Rónán Kennedy, School of Law, NUI Galway


Planning as a tool to deliver a better and more sustainable Ireland

Speaker: Rachel Kenny, Director of Planning, An Bord Pleanala

  • The rollout of the National Planning Framework and associated capital investment plan and regional plans.
  • Place making – how do we promote more positive place making
  • How do we create magnet cities/towns?
  • Improving capacity and efficiency within the planning system in order to reduce the time and costs required to secure permission and, therefore, increase the prospects of delivery


Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Speaker: Barry Mills, Chief Crime Prevention Officer, An Garda Síochána

  • Designing out crime and crime generating factors in the built environment and appropriate physical security.
  • The proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement in the quality of life.
  • Lighting against Crime – How poor lighting can be a crime generator and how good lighting can be a crime deterrent 
  • An Garda Síochána and CPTED


Funding the Greener City /Towards Greener Urban Development

Speaker: Eileen Crowley External Expert European Commission

  • Why nature based solutions/a greener city?
  • EU funding channels for the greener city 
  • Developing a competitive proposal 
  • Some examples from across Europe


Q & A, Coffee Break


Regional Planning – Delivering Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies  

Speaker: Jim Conway, Director, Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly

  • Mechanics for a regional strategy 
  • Metropolitan Planning 
  • Delivery & Implementation


Gentrification & the Divided City

Speaker: Mary Benson, Maynooth University

  • The post-industrial cityscape and the process of contemporary gentrification; The class re-make of the central urban landscape
  • The divided city and implications for place-making
  • Case Study – Ringsend
  • Case Study – Stoneybatter
  • Bridging the Divide: Promoting more positive place-making; working with local communities; creating a more sustainable housing mix.


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network


Immersive Technologies in Ireland’s Planning and Public Consultation Process

Speaker: Carol Tallon, CEO Property District & Founder of Proptech Ireland

  • Planning objections are delaying the delivery of vital new homes and infrastructure right now – how do we fix this
  • These objections also add an average of €11,500 to the cost of a new home in South Dublin – why is this allowed to happen
  • Speed up the delivery of new projects, and reduce the costs associated with vexatious objections – How can we make this happen?
  • PLACEengage Virtual Town Hall – discussed


Evidence-Based Planning and Development in Ireland – reconciling Plans with emerging Demographics

Speaker: Dr. Brian Hughes, Consultant Urban Economist and Demographer.

  • Direction and Thrust of Ireland’s Population Growth since 2016
  • Balanced Regional Development versus Lumpiness
  • Designated Growth Centre’s under the National Development Strategy
  • Housing Completions – Spatial Data Patterns
  • Planning and Development Discrepancies
  • The Role of the Planning Regulator and Research


Q & A Session


Conference Close

Rónán Kennedy

Rónán Kennedy

School of Law, NUI Galway

Rónán Kennedy is a lecturer in the School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway.

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He researches and teaches environmental law, information technology law, and the intersections between these. In addition to many journal articles on these and other topics, he is co-author of “How to Think, Write and Cite: Key Skills for Irish Law Students” (Round Hall, 2016) and “Information and Communications Technology Law in Ireland” (Clarus, 2017). He has a background in information technology and information systems. He has studied in NUI Galway, the King’s Inns, New York University, and University College London. He was Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Ronan Keane, from 2000 to 2004. In 2016, he was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency on the nomination of the Irish Environmental Law Association.

Eileen Crowley

Eileen Crowley

External Expert, European Commission

Eileen Crowley holds an MA in Town & Country Planning

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She has spent 16 years working in strategic planning, regional and urban development at both regional authority and local authority level. She has designed, developed and delivered over 25 European funded research projects across a variety of programmes and subject areas, channelling over €9 million in direct EU funding to stakeholders in Ireland. Eileen is a validated lead expert for DG Regio and for the URBACT programme. She is an experienced external expert for the European Commission in the monitoring & evaluation of projects and proposals relating to sustainable development. In 2018 she moved to academia and manages research and innovation at the National Maritime College of Ireland.

Barry Mills

Barry Mills

Chief Crime Prevention Officer, An Garda Síochána

Barry Mills is the Chief Crime Prevention Officer of An Garda Síochána who holds the rank of Inspector.

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A native of County Carlow, Barry has a Masters in Human Resource Management, Degrees in Software Engineering and Policing. Barry has worked in regular policing, Garda Professional Standards Unit, Garda National Economic Crime Unit and most recently has taken up his role as Crime Prevention Officer within the Garda Community Engagement & Public Safety Bureau. Barry has been involved in a number of strategic initiatives within an Garda Síochána, working with the Department of Social Protection, drafting a Code of Practice for the DNA Database, preparing Ireland for its Mutual Evaluation by the Financial Action Task Force in 2017 and recently in compiling a report on the effectiveness of partnerships engaged with by An Garda Síochána as part of the Commission for the Future of Policing in Ireland.

Rachel Kenny

Rachel Kenny

Director of Planning at An Bord Pleanála

Rachel graduated from UCD with a Bachelors of (Civil) Engineering and Masters in Regional and Urban Planning.

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She is currently Director of Planning Operations with An Bord Pleanála. Rachel’s an experienced Planning Director with a demonstrated history working in the planning and development industry. Having worked in senior planning and management roles for over twenty years in various planning authorities, An Bord Pleanála and in the private sector, she has extensive Urban Planning, Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Project Planning expertise. As well as being an active member of the Irish Planning Institute, Rachel is currently Chair of the Management Board for the National Biodiversity Data Centre, having previously been a member of Comhar, the National Partnership for Sustainable Development.

Dr. Brian Hughes

Dr. Brian Hughes

Consultant Urban Economist and Demographer

Dr Brian Hughes is a Consultant Urban Economist and Demographer.

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A Planning and Development Chartered Surveyor, he is a retired lecturer from DIT’s School of Surveying and Construction Management and from UCD’s Department of Spatial Planning. He is a member of the CSO’s Expert Group on Population and Labour Force Projections. His consultancies in Demographics include Irish Water, Drogheda City Status Group and Hooke and MacDonald. Brian is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London. He holds an Honours Masters in Spatial Planning and is a Member of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland.

Dr. Brian Hughes

Carol Tallon

CEO Property District & Founder of Proptech Ireland

Carol Tallon, CEO of communications agency Property District, specialises in Public Consultation for urban development.

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With more than 15 years across the planning, construction, property and proptech sectors, Carol has worked with government departments, industry representatives, developers, construction companies, auctioneering firms and media outlets. Carol and the Property District team are currently rolling out Ireland’s virtual town hall PLACEengage.com.

Jim Conway

Jim Conway

Director, Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly

Jim Conway is the Director of Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, a post he has held since its establishment in 2015.

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Prior to that he was Director of the Dublin Regional Authority from 2012.

A native of Kildare, Jim has had a career in Local Government spanning 38 years. In that time he has worked in Housing, Engineering Services, Human Resources Management and Industrial relations, Finance, Infrastructure Development.

After a period as Programme Manager for the EU Urban II Programme in Ballyfermot he was appointed Company Secretary for Ballymun Regeneration Limited which saw him assume responsibility for the financial, legal and Human Resources activities of one of Europe’s largest brown field site regeneration projects.

Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly made the first Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy on 28th June, 2019.

Dr Mary Benson

Dr Mary Benson

Maynooth University

Dr Mary Benson is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University.

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Mary completed her PhD in Sociology at Maynooth in 2006. Her thesis was entitled, ‘Changing Cityscapes and the Process of Contemporary Gentrification: An examination of the transformation of Ringsend within the context of post-industrial growth in Dublin.’ This thesis develops a critical sociological analysis of the forces shaping community and place in the twenty-first century urban neighbourhood. Mary’s research interests include urban sociology, gentrification, changing cityscapes, public space and visual sociology. She was a member of the core management committee of COST Action TU1201 ‘Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe’ and the chair of the Sociology Working Group of this Action. At present she is conducting research on contemporary urban allotment gardens in Dublin. She is also conducting research on gentrification in Dublin and how place can be developed to create social cohesion and attachment.

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference.

Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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