Welcome from President Dr Conor Norton

Welcome to the Irish Planning Institute.

Dr Conor Norton – President 2020 & 2021

It is a great honour for me to be elected President of the Irish Planning Institute. This is a crucial time for Planning and the Planning Profession is at an exciting cross roads following a period of unprecedented change and policy development.

Following the publication of the National Planning Framework, the draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies, the spotlight is now falling on our Local Authorities charged with publishing their six year statutory Development Plans.  The Irish Planning Institute has always acknowledged that sustainable development and better outcomes for communities is dependent on strong and effective Plan Making that meaningfully engages with the public and other key stakeholders.

Recent changes in planning policy, planning legislation and environmental directives and the forthcoming National Marine Planning Framework have placed an increasing burden on Planners at all levels across the Planning System. During my Presidency the Institute will implement a comprehensive and robust programme for continued professional development of Planners working right across the Planning System to ensure they are equipped to meet the challenges of a new era in Planning.

Climate Action will be a key focus of my Presidency. The Institute is actively developing a new overarching policy in the area of Planning and Climate Action. This will be launched during my first year as President.

I am keen for our Membership to lead the debate around a renewal of the planning system in Ireland and challenge how the system itself might function at local and regional level in 2030 and 2040. This will be a key focus of my discussions with Members across the country.  The Irish Planning Institute draws its membership from across the Planning System and is uniquely positioned to champion better relations between all levels and actors in spatial planning in Ireland.

Following a period of unprecedented challenges and opportunities for Planners, the long awaited establishment of the Office of the Planning Regulator, I will be keen to work with the Council, Committees and individual Members of the Irish Planning Institute building on existing strong relations, leveraging synergies and opportunities at all levels between all stakeholders and actors in spatial planning across Ireland.

I look forward to representing Planners and the Planning Profession during 2020 and 2021. I encourage Members and other professional planners to reach out and contact me at president@ipi.ie

Dr Conor Norton MIPI 

President of the Irish Planning Institute 2020/2021 


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