Environmental & Planning Law

Since 1964 all significant development in this country has required planning permission (if not exempted by law). Planning applications are subject not only to the scrutiny of the local authority but also to public bodies and the public in general. We have worked with engineers and architects in the taking of and defence of planning objections and planning injunctions on behalf of our clients. We also have extensive experience in defending malicious objections (business competitor objections etc).

Clarke Jeffers have specialised in planning and environmental law for over 15 years. In that time we have advised private individuals, businesses, developers and wind energy companies. We provide a clear and rapid strategy for our clients to ensure the best chance of success.

For many years, we have worked with a great many construction companies in Ireland, representing a broad range of interests for developers, contractors, sub-contractors, construction professionals and others. Our successful track record of protecting the reputation and assets of our clients has meant we have forged long-term client relationships along the way. Whatever area of construction you are in, Clarke Jeffers can help.

The firm also has experience in larger planning objections, representing groups against the erection of wind turbine farms and composting / incineration units.

“Planning Law is basically a balancing of rights. Experience is what tips the scales.”

-Victor Clarke, Managing Partner.

Specialist areas include:

  • Enforcement notices

  • Planning permission

  • Objections and Appeals

  • Malicious objections

  • Exempted Development

  • Unauthorised development

  • Protected Structures

  • Listed buildings

  • Derelict sites and notices

  • Enforcement notices

  • Environmental law

  • Environmental impact assessment

  • Sterilisation Orders

  • Infrastructure and development plans

  • Judicial Review

  • Declaratory Orders

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Planning legal due diligence

  • Social and affordable

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Should you be served with a notice, you should contact us to seek professional advice on the options that are open to you in dealing with the notice. We can advise you on you steps you can take in dealing with the notice or appealing it if required.

The validity of a decision taken by the Board can only be questioned by making an application for Judicial Review. There are strict time limits in which this challenge should be taken and as such you should seek immediate legal advice if you feel there is a question about the validity of the Boards decision.

Simply put, Judicial Review is a way for the High Court to examine the decisions by an administrative body or legislative act. The judicial review process is primarily concerned with the decision-making process rather than dealing with a re-hearing of the substance of the matter concerned.

Yes. Judicial Review cases are extremely time sensitive. The timelines can vary so you should speak to us immediately in relation to brining a Judicial Review case.


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