Andrew Hersey is an independent planning consultant working nationwide.
Andrew, the director of the company is a qualified town planner and a member of the Irish Planning Institute. Andrew has worked as a Planner in Clare County Council for 13 years and a further nine years in Wexford and Dublin in both the public and the private sector.
Andrew's cottage in Clarecastle came runners up in Home of the Year 2016
Masters in Regional and Urban Planning
Certificate in Biodiversity and Conservation Management
Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment Management
Degree in Landscape Horticulture
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The principal service offered is a pre-planning service. For instance if you want to build your dream house and you have found a site to build on, then I can visit the site and give advise as to whether you will receive planning on the site or not. You can therefore potentially save thousands of euros on professional fees. This is the most popular service as it is sometimes very difficult to seek a meeting with a planner from the local authority.
Advice can be also given on what type of development would be suitable for a particular site - this is referred to as Site Appraisal
Preparing a planning application is a complex process - there are numerous documents to lodge just to get an application validated and then once validated it is likely that more documents will need to be lodged throughout the process in order to get your planning permission. There are many different types of planning permissions from extending your house to changing the use of a premises to building a new entrance or building a shed in your garden. Not all developments require planning permission and advice can be given in this regard.
Outline Planning Permission
An outline planning application is a planning process where the principal of a development is established before detailed drawings of the building are required. It is often the case where potential homebuilders spend thousands of euros preparing drawings for their dream house only to get refused permission and rarely it is on the basis of the design of the building. There is therefore great merit to the Outline Planning Application since you are not required to submit detailed drawings of the building along with the planning application and therefore you can save significantly on costs. I would recommend this type of planning permission where there is some uncertainty about whether permission would be granted or not. If outline permission is then granted then you apply for a 2nd stage planning permission referred to as permission consequent where the detailed drawings of the proposed building are submitted with the application. So long as you adhere to the planning conditions attached to the outline permission then the application cannot be refused.
Submissions and Objections
The other service offered is the preparation of submissions and objections against (or in support of) proposed developments. For instance many people become worried or concerned about a development (be it a neighboring house or block of apartments in their neighborhood that may affect them in terms of loss of light to their property or loss of privacy by way overlooking from the proposed development into their property). They go into the planning office to look at the drawings and details on file and become frustrated that they cannot understand what they are looking at and do not know how to go about objecting to the development.
As part of the service clients can be met on site where the development is proposed and the perceived impacts which may occur as a consequence of the proposed development explained. An objection for lodging to the planning authority can be prepared if necessary. My general advice is that if there are any doubts about a proposed development then it is recommended that it is worth your while objecting.
If the planning authority then decides to grant the proposed development then the planning conditions can be explained to the client and advice given as to how these conditions would impact upon their property. . If the client is unhappy with the decision then there is the option to appeal the case to An Bord Pleanala - the higher planning authority.
In the case where the client does not agree with the decision of the planning authority whether a planning application has been granted or refused, there is the option to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala. My experience is that more often than not it is worth appealing a case to An Bord Pleanala.
I can prepare an appeal to An Bord Pleanala within the statutory timeframe (within 4 weeks of the decision of the Planning Authority). The preparation of an appeal comprises of meeting the client to discuss their concerns, visit the site on which planning permission has been granted or refused, assess the planning application, assess any other similar planning applications in the vicinity of the site, any other investigations as deemed necessary and finally prepare the written appeal for lodgement to An Bord Pleanala.
Preparation of Natura Impact Statements and Appropriate Assessment Screening Reports
As part of the planning application process all developments within or adjacent to Natura 2000 sites (Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s) and Special Protection Areas (SPA’s)) are required to go through what is referred to as Appropriate Assessment Screening. As part of your planning application you may be asked to submit a Appropriate Assessment Screening Statement.
Preparation of Town and Village Renewal Plans/Strategies
The unique combination of my design skills obtained as a Landscape Designer and my plan making skills obtained as a Town Planner have given me a the perfect skill set to prepare Town and Village Renewal Plans on behalf of public authorities or on behalf of local communities. I have prepared plans for villages such as Ballymore Eustace is Kildare, and Clogherhead in Co. Louth. I have also designed and implemented visual improvement schemes for a significant number of villages in Co. Tipperary including Terryglass which has gone on the win several categories in the Tidy Towns competition including the overall winner of the competition (1997).
Section 5 Planning Applications - advice as to whether a particular development requires planning or not
Advice on Planning Compliance
Preparation of responses to further information requests
Planning Enforcement Advice