Autumn Planning Conference 2018

Event Date: 
Event Time:
9:00am - 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Gibson Hotel, Dublin 1

The theme of this year's Autumn Planning Conference is 'Planning for Regeneration'.

The launch this summer of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund and the Rural Regeneration Development Fund by the Government under Project Ireland 2040 signals a €3 billion commitment to regeneration across Ireland under the National Development Plan. These and other investment funds now available offer a very significant opportunity for well planned regeneration projects to be realised and to deliver a better quality of place at the heart of our communities – a key objective of planning.

This is the back drop of the 2018 Autumn Planning Conference. The conference will look at key issues in the successful regeneration of our cities, towns and villages, drawing together many case studies and experiences to stimulate debate and facilitate the sharing of best practise and ideas. In addition, delegates will be updated on recent Planning Legislation including the establishing of the new Office of the Planning Regulator that will be a significant addition to the planning regime in Ireland.

Conference Programme 

8.30 am

Registration & Refreshments





9.30 am

President’s Address and Welcome

Joe Corr MIPI, IPI President




9:40 am     

NPF/NDP and the Regeneration Agenda

Niall Cussen, Chief Planner, DHPLG

10 am

Office of the Planning Regulator Briefing

Caroline Timmons, Principal Officer, DHPLG

10.20 am 

Q & A


10.40 am

Minister’s Address

Damien English, Minister of State, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

11.00 am

Tea/Coffee Break





11.25 am

Waterford City

Michael Walsh, Chief Executive Waterford City and County Council

11.45 am



12.05 pm

Derry City

Karen Phillips, Director of Environment and Regeneration  Derry City & Strabane District Council

12.25 pm

UK Experience of Regeneration

Michael Mulhern, Director of Planning and Interim CEO Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

12.45 pm

Session Panel Discussion


1 pm

Break for Lunch





2.15 pm

Town and Village Regeneration Strategy

Adrian Hughes, Senior Planner Monaghan County Council

2.35 pm

Irish Water Investment Plan 2020-24

John Casey, Asset Strategy and Sustainability Manager Irish Water

2.55 pm

Developing Public Lands for Housing

Eddie Conroy, County Architect, South Dublin County Council

3.15 pm

Design and Public Realm Code for the Limerick Regeneration Areas

Sarah Newell, Limerick City and County Council

3.35 pm

Session Panel Discussion


4 pm

Conference Close