This course is due to commence in 2024. Please register your interest if you would like to attend.

What is the Planning for the Waste Facility Development Programme?

This course provides an overview of the planning system as it relates to waste facility development.  Taking account of the requirements of the Planning and Development Act is an integral part of getting approval for new waste facilities and is the primary authorisation needed before an operator seeks a waste licence or a waste facility permit.  The planning system is complicated and for waste professionals sometimes confusing.  This course addresses the main elements of planning to guide waste professionals through the requirements.


Planning for waste infrastructure is the starting point for many developing new waste sites or for modifying a waste authorisation. Understanding the Planning and Development Act is challenging for many waste management professionals who have no formal training in planning.  Planning is regarded by many as a difficult area to understand and it is essential that the correct planning foundation is in place before waste licences or permit applications get underway. For permitted sites, planning is a prerequisite for the application process and so is dealt within in sequence rather than in parallel.  The implications of the Planning and Development Act including requirements for Appropriate Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment are also key factors that need to be addressed as part of the preparation for waste facility development.

This course looks at the overall planning framework and the different types of applications and requirements for making them. The course has been written and developed by an experienced team of consultants led by Billy Moore. Billy has acted as an An Bord Pleanala inspectors after many years working on all aspects of planning and development control. The course covers:

  • Planning Legislation in Ireland
  • The Planning Process
  • Strategic Infrastructure
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • The Habitats Directive and Appropriate Assessment (AA)
  • Statutory Procedures and Soil Recovery Facilities
  • Statutory Procedures for Quarries

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at waste facility and quarry operators, consultants, local authority waste management staff or others who need an overview of the development planning system.

Course Delivery

All ETS training courses are provided with comprehensive courseware which includes a manual and any other supporting information that is required during the delivery of the training.  Manuals are maintained in an up to date condition and are always relevant to of course that is being delivered.  We design our training delivery so that they not only provide information with powerpoint slides, but also comprise group work and individual exercises to allow delegates to get a deeper understanding of the courseware.  All our courses are delivered face to face and manuals are provided at the event to ensure every delegate has all of the information they need to have a positive, high quality training experience with us.


The course is run at the Tullamore and Dublin venues approximately 1 to 2 times a year.


This course is not subject to assessment at present.


A Certificate will be issued to participants who successfully attend the event.

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