The burning issues of housing supply and planning, sustainable retail and town centre development, and the regulation of planning, are among the topics set to be discussed at the Irish Planning Institute’s forthcoming annual conference.
The two-day conference takes place in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, on Thursday April 14 and Friday April 15. The conference will be officially opened by Deirdre Fallon, President of the Irish Planning Institute.
Thursday April 14 and Friday April 15 2016
Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Gregory Jones, Chair, An Bord Pleanála Review Group
Conall Boland, Deputy Chairperson, An Bord Pleanála
Karl Deeter, Compliance Manager, Irish Mortgage Brokers
Simon Leask, Head of ATLAS, Homes & Communities Agency UK (advises UK local authorities on large, complex and strategic development projects)
Tara Buckley, Director General, RGDATA
Richard Guiney, CEO, DublinTown
Dr Berna Grist, Adjunct Professor, University College Dublin
Deirdre Fallon, President, Irish Planning Institute
The event sees contributions from a range of speakers including: Conall Boland, Deputy Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála and Gregory Jones QC, chair of the recently-published review of An Bord Pleanála; Tara Buckley of RGDATA and Richard Guiney of DublinTown on the future prospects of Irish towns; and Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers on the current housing supply crisis and the role of future planning policy.
Also present will be the recently-retired President of the Irish Planning Institute, Mary Hughes, who has been nominated by the Institute for election to Seanad Éireann’s Industrial and Commercial Panel.
The conference features a number of field visits, including a Town Centre Revitalisation Walking Tour and an Urban Synergies Bus Tour. The Athlone town centre tour by Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran and County Chief Executive Pat Keating features a talk on the management of flood plains and will take in the Luan Gallery, Athlone Castle and the Left Bank Quarter. The Urban Synergies tour incorporates Athlone Institute of Technology and the International Arena, the restoration of the old railway buildings in Garrycastle, the greenway to Moate, and the Dún na Sí Heritage Centre.