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Day 1: Thursday 25th April

  • 08:45 Delegate Registration

  • 09:30 Ms. Joanna Kelly, President of Irish Planning Institute Welcome Address & Introduction

Morning - New Planning Frameworks through Reform and Change

Chair: Mr. Peter McNaney, Chief Executive Belfast City Council

  • 10:00 Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Planning and Housing The Future of Planning In Ireland: Accountability, Integrity, Sustainability

  • 10:30 Alex Attwood MLA, Minister for the Environment, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Planning Reform - From Central to Local Government

  • 11:00 Morning Coffee & Networking Break

Chair: Mr. Michael Layde, Assistant Secretary Planning and Housing, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

  • 11:20 Prof.Andreas Faludi, Professor of Spatial Policy Systems in Europe, at Delft University of Technology Keynote Address: Cohesion Coherence Cooperation - European Spatial Planning Coming of Age?

  • 11:50 Mr. Jim MacKinnon, Retired Chief Planner with the Scottish Government Planning Reform – The Scottish Experience

  • 12:20 Mr. Ned O’Connor, Retired County Manager South Tipperary County Council Planning at Local Level – The Role of the Planner and Elected Representatives

  • 12:50 Questions & Answers

  • 13:15 Lunch

Afternoon - Diversification and Innovation – Adapting the Role of the Planner (select from option I or II)

Option I Securing our Energy Supply & Moving Towards a Low Carbon Economy

Chair: Ms. Amy Hastings, Hon Secretary IPI & Director at ARC

  • 14:15 Mr. Nick O’Neill, Director, Energy, SLR Consulting Ireland Planning for Ireland’s Energy Security through Industrial Development Planning

  • 14:45 Mr. Paul Cooley General Manager Irish Operations, SSE Ireland The dichotomy between Energy and Planning Policy – Is Ireland Losing its Renewables Opportunity?

  • 15:15 Afternoon Coffee & Networking

  • 15:30 Dr. Helen McHenry, Western Development Commission Stimulating Bioenergy Development through Planning and Action

  • 16:00 Dr. Geraint Ellis Senior Lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering Renewable Energy: What can Ireland learn from the Devolved Administrations?

  • 16:30 Questions & Answers

  • 17:00 Close

Option II Managing Environmental Constraints in Harnessing Natural Assets

Chair: Mr. John Linden, Treasurer IPI Northern Branch & Principle Planning Officer Department of Environment Northern Ireland

  • 14:15 Dr. Cathal O’Mahony, Coastal & Marine Research Centre, University College Cork Marine Environment – Planning Needs and Solutions

  • 14:45 Prof. Andrew Cooper, Chairman Northern Ireland Coastal & Marine Forum and Centre for Coastal & Marine Research, University of Ulster Planning Challenges and Opportunities for Ireland’s Coast

  • 15:15 Afternoon Coffee & Networking

  • 15:30 Mr. Gordon Daly, Senior Planner, Clare County Council Shannon Estuary - A model for inter-jurisdictional land and marine spatial planning – Lessons Learned

  • 16:00 Mr. William Orbinson BL Planning & Environmental Conflicts – A Legal Perspective

  • 14:30 Questions & Answers

  • 17:00 Close

  • 19:30 Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner (Dress code: Semi Formal Attire)

Day 2: Friday 26th April

  • 09:00 Private Tour of Belfast City Hall (limited to 50 no. people)

Morning - Cities, Regions and Competitiveness – The Role of Planning in Economic Development and Investment

Chair: Ms. Mary Crowley, Vice President IPI & Planning Inspector with An Bord Pleanála

  • 09:30 Mr. Peter McNaney Chief Executive Belfast City Council
    Keynote Address: What makes cities work? - The Role of the Planner in Improving City Competitiveness

  • 10:00 Mr. Kyle Alexander OBE, Interim Chief Executive Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation The Role of the Planner in the Delivery of Economic Development through Regeneration

  • 10:30 Morning Coffee/Networking Break

Chair: Ms. Mary MacIntyre, Director, Strategic Planning Divisions, Department of Environment, Northern Ireland

  • 11:00 Mr.Colin Stutt, Colin Stutt Consulting NI Economics, Regeneration and Planning – The Governance Structures Required to Facilitate Implementation

  • 11:30 Mr. Brendan McDonagh Manager of Planning, EU, Strategic Investments and RD&I Policy IDA Ireland & Member of Creative Dublin Alliance Attracting and Retaining FDI in Ireland – Considerations for the Planner

  • 12:00 Mr. David Gavaghan, CEO Titanic Quarter Ltd The Attractive City Region - The Holy Grail

  • 12:30 Questions & Answers

  • 13:00 Lunch


  • 14:15 Field Trips
  • Option I Titanic Quarter - Building the Future from the Past
  • Option II City Centre Regeneration - Achievements & Opportunities
  • Option III Peace Lines – Barriers or Opportunities

The IPI Planning Conference 2013 takes place on April 25th - 26th 2013 from 08h4516h00 at Belfast City Hall, Belfast (More Info)