Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Planning in Northern Ireland: progress, economic development and forward strategy

Morning, Thursday, 7th December 2017


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This timely conference focuses on key issues for the planning system in Northern Ireland, bringing together policymakers and stakeholders.

Delegates will assess progress and next steps in relation to Local Development Plans, and examine latest thinking on how they can be developed effectively to shape area planning for the next 10 years.

They will also discuss the way forward in addressing challenges that applicants, planners and local authorities have faced since the transfer of planning powers, as well as how to achieve a more accountable and effective planning system.

Further sessions will consider ways in which local authorities can best support businesses through the planning system, and options for the Department for Infrastructure in developing a strategic planning policy which can act as a driver for local and regional economic growth.

Guest of Honour

Angus Kerr

Director, Planning Policy Division, Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland Executive

Guest of Honour

Angus Kerr

Northern Ireland Executive, Director, Planning Policy Division, Department for Infrastructure

Keynote Speaker

Trevor Rue

Deputy Chief Commissioner, Planning Appeals Commission


Professor Geraint Ellis

Chair, Environmental Planning and Director of Research, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning, Queen’s University Belfast

Alison McCullagh

Director of Regeneration and Planning, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Allen Irwin

Major Deals Lead, Wholesale, BT Ireland

Eunan Quinn

Senior Planner, Donegal County Council

Glyn Roberts

Chief Executive, Retail NI

Dr Tom Woolley

Architect and Educational Consultant, Rachel Bevan Architects

Diana Fitzsimons

FRICS MRTPI, Senior Planning Practitioner; Planning Consultant; Visiting Professor, Ulster University and Chair, Fold Housing Association

Eugene Moore

Developments Director, Applegreen Ireland

Brendan Martyn

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Dr Chris Boomer

MRPI, Planning Manager, Mid Ulster District Council