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Tuesday 9 April | 10.30am-1.00pm

Join RenewableNI for the latest in the renewable energy seminar series, sponsored by A&L Goodbody, as we put the spolight on the NI planning system.

Attendees will hear from speakers including:

  • Alistair Beggs, Chief Planner & Director, Regional Planning Policy and Casework, Department for Infrastructure, who will deliver a planning update;
  • with a briefing on planning and legal developements from Micaela Diver, Partner, A&L Goodbody 

RenewableNI will provide a presentation on their reccent polling of Northern Ireland constituents on their attitudes to renewable projects, including planning.

An engaging Q&A session twill take place after the presentations.

This seminar will take place in the A&L Goodbody office, Fountain Street, Belfast.

Planning Seminar Speakers

Head and shoulder of Alistair Beggs

Alistair Beggs, Chief Planner & Director, Regional Planning Policy and Casework, Department for Infrastructure

Alistair Beggs was appointed Director of Strategic Planning in February 2018, and his Directorate is responsible for processing planning applications deemed to be of regional significance or those which may be ‘called in’ from the local councils. In addition, the Directorate carries out a plan scrutiny role as part of the two-tier planning system and oversees the regeneration of both Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast and the former barracks at St Lucia, Omagh.

A graduate of Dundee University, Alistair is a Chartered Town Planner with 30 years’ experience working in a wide range of planning posts, including 13 years with the Planning Appeals and Water Appeals Commissions. Prior to that he worked with Dundee City Council, Angus Council and Fife Council.

Alistair is on the RTPI Northern Ireland Executive Committee and is a director of Belfast Healthy Cities, an independent partnership organisation with a specific remit to deliver the priority themes of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network within the local context.

head and shoulder of Micaela Diver

Micaela Diver, Partner, A&L Goodbody

Micaela Diver is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Litigation department in Belfast. Micaela specialises in Public & Regulatory law and is experienced in complex, high profile cases in the Northern Irish Commercial Court.

Micaela advises clients in both the public and private sector on contentious and non-contentious public procurement law matters, including large scale outsourcing and infrastructure projects. She also advises clients on competition law matters including compliance, merger control and private damages actions.

Micaela acts for clients in judicial reviews, statutory appeals, investigations (bribery and anti-corruption) and other inquiries across a variety of sectors including energy, utilities, health, transport, construction and the public sector.

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