Succeeding at Oral Hearings for Local Authorities

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This training gives aims to provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the procedures at an oral hearing, the order of events and the process of giving evidence.

Attendees will also get an opportunity to be cross examined on a typical scheme they would present at a hearing.

Key learning points:

  • Deal with in depth cross-examinations on their submissions
  • Planning and Development Act, 2000
  • Dealing with strategic infrastructure developments
  • Gain mastery of their delivery
  • Make full use of supporting documents, plans, photographs, etc...
  • Understand the role and scope of an oral hearing
  • Handle difficult cross-examination techniques confidently
  • Understand the procedures and protocol for oral hearings
  • Developing an objective and critical eye in relation to your report writing

An oral hearing can deal with:

  • A planning appeal
  • A valid objection to a CPO (compulsory purchase order)
  • A referral (a Planning Authority refers a request for declaration, as to whether something is ‘development or exempted development’, to the Board) or
  • An application for strategic infrastructure development.

Who should attend:

Different professionals will be required to give evidence at oral hearings to ensure they are in compliance with proper planning principles and sustainable development.

This is a daunting prospect for those who are unused to the rigours of questioning by other experts and skilled lawyers.

This course aims to provide delegates with a clear understanding of the procedures at an oral hearing, the process of giving evidence and an opportunity to be cross-examined on a typical scheme presented at a hearing.

This course is particularly relevant to:

  • Air Quality Consultants
  • Archaeologists
  • Architects
  • Ecology Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Fire Engineers
  • Groundwater and Surface Water Consultants
  • Noise, Vibration and Acoustics Consultants
  • Occupational Health Consultants
  • Soils and Geology Consultants
  • Transport Planners

This course is accredited by Engineers Ireland.

If you would like to plan this training course for your organisation at specific dates please contact us directly and we will arrange this with you.