Solar Farm Planning

Under EU Renewable Energy targets, Ireland is committed to supplying 40% of its energy for electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Available evidence suggests that this target is unlikely to be achieved. To date, Ireland has been over reliant on the terrestrial Wind Energy sector. However, Solar PV development can assist in the achievement of a low carbon energy future. This fact has recently been acknowledged in the Governments White Paper on Energy (2015). This situation poses a significant infrastructural challenge for the Country. Planning Consultancy Services can assist in the delivery of Solar farm projects. We have extensive experience with the Renewable Energy and Environmental projects in both the public and private sector.  In particular, we have the capacity to lead, co-ordinate and assist in the delivery of Solar Farm Planning projects throughout Ireland.
This office has been commissioned to lead a number of Solar Farm projects throughout Ireland. We act as lead consultant and project manager in the delivery of Solar Farm developments. We assist in the identification of suitable sites, distill site constraints and offer cost effective solutions to issues that may arise. We co-ordinate an lodge planning applications and prepare the necessary Planning & Environmental Statements as required. Clients benefit from our expertise which is drawn from a wide range of environmental and renewable energy projects. If you have any queries in relation to Solar Farm Planning, or require assistance, do not hesitate to contact this office.

New Office

We are pleased to announce our new office at Ross House, Victoria Place, Eyre Square in the heart of Galway City.

Housing Development, Cappagh Road

Planning Permission secured by Planning Consultancy Services for a housing development along Cappagh Road, Galway City. This proposal consisted of a modern and high quality housing residential scheme designed by O’ Neill O’ Malley Architects. Permission was initially refused by the Planning Authority due to issues with zoning of a portion of the lands on which the development was to be situated. Subsequently, Planning Consultancy Services were commissioned by the applicant to compile a First Party Appeal to An Bord Pleanála. The case put forward succeeded in demonstrating to the Board that the development and issues relating to zoning were not a material contravention to the City Development Plan and thus were in accordance with development standards and the proper planning and sustainability of the area .This recent permission will facilitate a welcome addition to housing supply in Galway.

Burren Whiskey Distillery

Planning Consultancy Services recently secured (April 2015) planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for construction of  a whiskey distillery and a visitors centre  approximately 2 km south west of the scenic coastal village of Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.   Planning Consultancy Services were appointed by the applicant as planning consultants to provide a planning report in response  to a third party appeal, a visual impact statement, and co-ordinate the submission of supporting material. This permission  gives encouragement to appropriate rural enterprise developments in Ireland.

Crematorium at Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Planning Consultancy Services recently secured planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for the construction of a single-storey crematorium, rooms and garden at Garbally Demesne, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Planning Consultancy Services were appointed by the applicant as planning consultants to provide a planning report in response  to a third party appeal and co-ordinate the submission of supporting material. Being the first of its kind in the west of Ireland, this development had a variety of unique, site specific planning issues which required a deep understanding international, national and local planning policy.

Quarry Planning & Substitute Consent

The 2010 Planning & Development Act imposes significant requirements on Quarry Developments throughout the Country. In many cases Quarry owners may be required to apply for substitute consent for their existing quarry, to An Bord Pleanála within 12 weeks of notification by the Local Authority. This consent is required in order to protect the continued validity of the Quarry. In such cases, the application for consent would need to accompanied by a Remedial Environmental Impact Statement and/or Remedial Natura Impact Statement. Local Authorities are currently issuing these notifications or ‘Determinations’ to Quarry owners. If you have any query in relation to this process, do not hesitate to contact this office.