Planning & Environmental

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.

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What we do

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

Education Projects

Retail Developments

Planning and Environmental Due Diligence The lawfulness of Environmental Impact assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The lawfulness of Habitats Regulation Assessments


Planning Agreements

Roads Agreements

Waste Law

Contaminated Land

Incineration Projects

Anaerobic Digestion Projects

Material Recovery Facilities

Energy from Waste Projects

Advice on Recycling Legislation

Statutory Nuisance

Advising on Air Pollution Control; and Advising on Noise Pollution Control

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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.

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