Program: Planning Reform on the Island of Ireland: from Policy to PRACTICE


Planning Reform on the Island of Ireland: from Policy to PRACTICE

May 2nd 2013

Canal Court Hotel, Newry

Time Type of Session Focus & Speakers
09.15 – 09.45 Registration & Refreshments
  • 09.50    Welcome Address: Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive, Co-operation Ireland 
  • 10.00    Session 1 Chair: Ian Maye, Deputy Secretary – Planning and Local Government, Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland
10.10 – 11.10
Issues Shaping Planning
What is shaping planning processes in both jurisdictions? What are the current needs?

  • Ross Martin, Policy Director, Centre for Scottish Public Policy 
  • David McCammick, Chief Executive, Antrim Borough Council & Northern Ireland Planning Working Group under RPA
  • Councillor Joe Leonard, Sligo County Council
11.10 – 11.30 Questions & Answers
11.50      Session 2 Chair: Dr. Patricia O’Hara, Chair, National Statistics Board
12.00 – 13.00  The Practitioner’s Toolkit The role of strategies and tools for evidence-based spatial planning

  • Liam Conneally, Director, Mid-West Regional Authority 
  • Alderman Jim Dillon MBE, Chair, NILGA Planning Group  
  • Justin Gleeson, Manager, All Island Research Observatory, NUI Maynooth
13.00 – 13.15 Question and Answers
Lunch: 13.15 – 14.15
Parallel Sessions
14.15 – 15.30 Sharing Experiences and Capacity Building Parallel Sessions:

  •  Community Engagement in Planning
    • Speaker:   Liam Flanigan, Chief Executive, Limavady Borough Council
    • Facilitator:  Maria Ferguson, Strategic Policy Manager, Donegal County Council
  • Infrastructure/Development Alignment
    • Speaker: Hubert Kearns, County Manager, Sligo County Council
    • Facilitator: Karen Smyth, Head of Policy, NILGA
  • Renewable Energy Development
    • Speaker: Dr. Ainhoa González, Researcher, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), NUI Maynooth
    • Facilitator: Michael Doran, Director, Action Renewables
  • Capacity Building for Local Government
    • Speaker:  Beverley Cowan, Planning Policy Division, Department of Environment, Northern Ireland
    • Facilitator: Ciarán Cuffe, Planner & Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology (and Former Government Minister
  • Indicators and the Evidence-Base
    • Speaker: Gavin Daly, ESPON Contact Point – Ireland
    • Facilitator: Pádraig Maguire,  Regional Planner, Border Regional Authority
 Tea/Coffee break: 15.30 – 15.45

Closing Session: Chaired by Anne Anderson Porter, Director of Operations, Co-operation Ireland

15.45 – 16.15

Parallel Session Outcomes

 Feedback from session facilitator at each roundtable
 16.15 – 16.30

 Next Steps

 Action Plan: John Driscoll, Director, ICLRD 
 16.30  Conference Close