LAW37460 Planning Law

Academic Year 2022/2023

Planning law has historically been controversial, politicised and adversarial in Ireland, making for a fascinating mix of law, policy and politics. This module will introduce students to core features of planning law, including: development; planning applications and decisions; appeals, enforcement, and judicial review; Environmental Impact Assessment, and Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Directive; access to information, public participation, and access to justice; and issues relating to extractive industries (e.g. quarries and peat), amongst other things.

The module will have a strong practical emphasis in its teaching and assessment, and will draw on real examples throughout. A half-day fieldtrip forms part of the module.

The module is taught intensively over the course of one week in the second trimester, during the fieldwork/study period in March.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, diligent students should:

1. Have a clear understanding of key features of Irish planning law;
2. Understand the impacts of international and EU law on planning law;
3. Be familiar with the practice of planning law, from application through appeal to judicial review;
4. Have gained skills in analysing planning documentation and decisions via the assignments (short essay and project).

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to module & themes; History of Irish planning law; Development planning; Development and exempted
development; Planning applications & decisions; EU law and planning I & II; Final project planning; Planning appeals; Planning enforcement, injunctions, and judicial review; Strategic infrastructure development, extractives, protected structures & careers

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; active/task-based learning; critical writing and case-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Individual project (2500 words) for submission at the end of the trimester. A practical written assignment using a real example (e.g. planning appeal). Week 12 n/a Graded No


Essay: Short essay of 1500 words. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Class feedback will be provided orally in class in the second half of the trimester relating to the journal entry. Class feedback will be provided in writing after the end of the trimester regarding the project.