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Succeeding at Oral Hearings for Local Authorities

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.

9:30am - 4:30pm
1 Day
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About this course

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.

Course Syllabus

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.

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.

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Succeeding at Oral Hearings