Carson McDowell is the leading planning and environmental law firm in Northern Ireland.
Our Planning & Environmental Law team has unparalleled experience in providing specialist legal advice on large, complex and high profile projects including those of regional significance. We have environmental solicitors that specialise exclusively in the areas of planning, environmental and energy law.
The team is the top-ranked firm for Planning and Environmental law in Northern Ireland in The Legal 500. It is also ranked in the highest band by The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession for both Planning Law and Environmental Law in Northern Ireland.
In addition, Carson McDowell’s Planning and Environmental Law team is the largest such team in Northern Ireland, with each team member practising exclusively in planning and environmental law.
Over the last 25 years, we have built a reputation for advising on major planning and environmental applications; instigating / defending judicial reviews of planning and environmental decisions; and representation of clients at major public inquiries / appeals into major planning and environmental applications.
Judicial Reviews of Planning and Environmental Decisions
Co-ordination of Planning Applications
Representation at Public Inquiries and Appeals Before the Planning Appeals Commission Advising local authorities
Major Infrastructure Projects
Renewable Energy Projects
Major Housing Proposals
Planning and Environmental Due Diligence The lawfulness of Environmental Impact assessment
Strategic Environmental Assessment
The lawfulness of Habitats Regulation Assessments
Anaerobic Digestion Projects
Material Recovery Facilities
Energy from Waste Projects
Advice on Recycling Legislation
Advising on Air Pollution Control; and Advising on Noise Pollution Control
If you have a planning or environmental law query or just want to find out more about our team and expertise, please get in touch today.
Advising and coordinating the successful planning applications for the Northern Ireland element of the North-South electricity interconnector project connecting the electricity grids of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland including the successful defence of judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of the planning permissions.
Advising Linen Mill Studios Limited on its successful planning application for a Game of Thrones Studio Tour attraction near Banbridge, County Down.
Advising Islandmagee Energy Limited on its proposal to store up to 500 million cubic metres of natural gas in salt caverns near Islandmagee, County Antrim.
Advising Tesco on planning proposals and judicial reviews of planning decisions across Northern Ireland including a judicial review of a planning permission for a proposed ASDA store in north Belfast.
Advising a consortium of national and international companies on their successful application seeking planning permission to extract up to 1.5 million tonnes of sand each year from Lough Neagh.
Advising Belfast Harbour Commissioners and Odyssey Trust on the preparation of a major planning application and accompanying environmental statement seeking planning permission for 700 residential units, 2 hotels, retail services, restaurants and a multi storey car park on lands adjacent to the SSE Arena in Belfast.
Advising Turkington Holdings Limited on its successful planning application for planning permission for a major new Amazon warehouse in Portadown, County Armagh.
Advising Southern Regional College in relation to a major planning application for a new £45million education campus in Craigavon including the successful defence of judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of the planning permission.
Advising the Breedon Group in the defence of several judicial review proceedings taken by individual residents in relation to its operations at Mullaghglass Landfill in Lisburn.
— Chambers UK
"The team do a very thorough job. They communicate regularly, so they don't leave you in the dark and have a collaborative approach in order to do what is best for their client."
— The Legal 500
“Very good practice with an excellent team who fully understand the workings of our system here in Northern Ireland. They have a great network of contacts who are able to provide expert advice on a vast range of subjects.”
— Chambers UK
"Gary provides a commercial perspective and is very knowledgeable. He has fantastic experience in the planning market. He knows the market and the law."
— The Legal 500
“Gary McGhee is the partner you want on your side. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of planning and environmental law. A great strategist on large complex cases but is also incredibly personable.”
— The Legal 500
“The team at Carson McDowell are the most formidable in NI. They have a wealth of experience and the largest team, which other firms in NI simply can’t compete with.”