The Planning Ball 2012

UCC Planning Society is proud to announce that it will be hosting a gala “Planning Ball” in the Clarion Hotel Cork City on Thursday, the 29th of March. The night presents a chance for all those who have an interest in Planning and Sustainability to meet and enjoy themselves in one of Cork’s premier hotels.

A spectacular night is in store, with a full 4 course meal and live music provided by “The Voodoos”, who recently played the MTV Music Awards in Belfast! A DJ will also be on hand to play on to the wee hours of the morning.

Full tickets for this event cost 35 euro, with Afters Tickets costing 15 euro. Tickets will be available from all Committee Members and the Class Representatives from both years. For interested individuals no longer in UCC, please contact planningball2012 in order to book your tickets!

Looking Forward to seeing you on the 29th of March!!!!!!!!


Screening of ‘The Pipe’ in UCC Wed 19th Oct

We are kicking off a series of Documentary nights in UCC with a screening of The Pipe, a great independent documentary feature film dealing with the Corrib gas controversy and the “Shell to sea” campaign.  This film still remains highly topical as Judicial Review has just begun on planning decisions reached by An Bord Pleanála for the latest pipeline route through a protected area and consents for the pipeline issued by Ministers for the Environment, with An Taisce and two local Mayo residents mounting separate legal challenges.

All are welcome to this viewing on Wednesday 19th of October in WW6
in the West Wing on Main Campus UCC with a start time of 19:30hrs

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–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.

Seminar on the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act, 2010

The guest speaker on the day will be John Martin – the Principal Planning Advisor at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Prior to joining the Department, John had served as Deputy City Planner with Dublin City Council, Senior Planner with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council, and as Senior Planning inspector with An Bord Pleanála.

Planning students will appreciate the significant changes that this Act has introduced into the planning process and this seminar will provide information and guidance on the implementation of the Act, as well as offering students the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the implications of the Act with the Principal Planning Advisor at the DoEHLG.

The format of the seminar is currently being finalised, but will involve presentations on the different aspects of the Act, followed by group discussions and a Q&A session.

The event will take place at the Br. Ignatius Connolly Complex, Western Road, UCC on Friday, 28 November. The exact time and room is to be determined shortly. Members are advised to RSVP for the event as spaces will be limited. E-mail the Planning Society at if interested.

Halloween Party

We will be having our Halloween Party on Thursday, 28 October @ 9.30pm in Costigans Bar, Washington Street.
We will have free pizza, 1 free drink for all members on arrival and prizes for best costume on the night!!

It is important that we all get to know each other in the society so that we can have both a fun and productive year!
Don’t forget that its fancy dress (optional), just a bit of fun but the most creative will win a prize.

Other deals on the night;
Pitchers of Beer (3 pints) €10
Vodka, Jager, Captain Morgans (all with splash) €4!!

2010 AGM Results

Two weeks ago the Annual General Meeting was called to elect a new committee to run the operations of the society. As follows are the new committee members for the 2010-2011 academic year:

  • John Collins, Auditor
  • Stephen Walsh, Vice-Auditor
  • Jennifer Dynan, Co-Secretary
  • Clara O’Neill, Co-Secretary
  • Paul Hyde, Finance Officer
  • Veronica Patton, Public Relations Officer
  • Adam Shanley, Co-Entertainments Officer
  • Vincent Lynch, Co-Entertainments Officer
  • Stephen Fesler, Communications Officer

We will be calling an EGM in the future to address our society constitution and any other objects of discussion that ordinary members would like.

Free RTPI Membership

It has come to the knowledge of the Society that any bona fide 2nd year student in MPlan may receive free student membership with the Royal Town Planning Institute. To join, simply download, print, and fill out the PDF registration. You will then need to have Tina McSweeney sign off on the document to confirm your status as a 2nd year student. Open registration is available until 31 December 2010. Membership lasts from 1 January to 31 December 2011. For additional information about the programme, please visit the RTPI website for students.

Planning Society 2010 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Planning Society will take place tomorrow, Friday, October 8th at 1pm in Studio B, Connolly Complex.

Agenda includes:

  • Auditor’s Report
  • Financial Report
  • Election of New Committee
  • AOB

All members of the Planning Society are welcome to attend and are invited to contribute to the running of the Society.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Society at

David Counsell Book Launch

David Counsell book launch: “The New Spatial Planning: Territorial management with soft spaces and fuzzy boundaries”.

The lecture coincides with the publication of a new book of the same title (Routledge, 2010) by Graham Haughton, Phil Allmendinger, David Counsell and Geoff Vigar. The book includes original research on a number of case studies into spatial planning, regeneration and territorial politics from different parts of Ireland (north and south) and Britain.

One chapter looks in particular at the story of sub-regional planning in the Cork area in particular at the experience of CASP (Cork Area Strategic Plan 2001-2020) and its predecessors LUTS I and II. It should be of interest to people engaged in regional, urban and sub-regional planning, geography, public policy, economic development, regional studies, governance, social science, land use planning, sustainable development and other related subject areas.

David Counsell, a chartered town planner and researcher in spatial planning, sustainable development and environmental planning has held a wide variety of planning practice and research positions throughout his career – the latest as lecturer at Ireland’s newest planning school: the UCC Programme in Planning and Sustainable Development.

When: 10 February 2010 @ 5pm

Venue: UCC Brookfield G01 Lecture Hall

Cost: Free

Frank McDonald Talk

“The Legacy of the Boom” will be an illustrated lecture by Frank McDonald, Environmental Editor for the Irish Times newspaper.

When: 7 February 2010 @ 7pm to 8.30pm

Venue: UCC Brookfield G04 Lecture Hall

Cost: Free

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