Iam Lumley and James Nix

The Planning Society is hosting two guest speakers at an evening discussion on Thursday, 27 January. Speakers on the night include Ian Lumley, Heritage Officer at An Taisce and James Nix, co-author of Chaos at the Crossroads and policy advocate with the Irish Environmental Network. “Autopsy of the Celtic Tiger” with Ian Lumley undertakes a postmortem on the 15 years to 2008, reflecting on where we are now. “Chaos at the Crossroads: Where from here?” with James Nix offers some pointers for better planning in coming years. Both speakers are well known in the planning sphere in Ireland and this event offers a unique opportunity to hear their perspective on what went wrong and what we now need to do.

As Heritage Officer at An Taisce, Mr. Lumley has been involved in some of the most high profile planning cases in Ireland and is well known for his views on one-off houses in the countryside, rural and urban development and the protection of historic structures. James Nix is probably best known as the co-author of “Chaos at the Crossroads” with Frank McDonald. Now a policy advocate at the Irish Environmental Network, he has published numerous articles and contributed to many debates on planning policy in Ireland–both from a legal standpoint (as a qualified barrister) and in terms of sustainable transport initiative (see www.planbetter.ie)–and was a guest on RTÉ’s Frontline in November 2010 (see programme here). Indeed some of his articles appear on reading lists in a number of MPlan modules, both in first year and second year.

All are welcome to attend and the guest speakers are looking forward to a robust question and answers session to round off the evening.

The event will take place in G05 at UCC Brookfield Complex on College Road, Thursday, 27 January, starting at 7.30pm sharp and admission is free.

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