Environmental and Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland

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Committee details



The EPLANI committee comprises of planners, lawyers, environmental engineering practioners and academics in the planning, environment and law arena. The committee is elected each year at the AGM in June, having been proposed and seconded by current members.  A chair, secretary and Treasurer are elected annually from within committee.


An email is usually circulated prior to the AGM to ask for expressions of interest to join the committee should positions be available. If you are interested in standing for committee please contact us on info@eplani.org.

Post Holders

  • Maria O’Loan


    Maria O’Loan
    Director, Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors. Maria specialises in planning and environmental law, public law and energy and regulatory matters. http://www.cfrlaw.co.uk/

  • Secretary

    Luke Thompson
    Secretary. Solictor at Tughans Environmental and Planning Team.

  • Kate McCusker


    Kate McCusker
    Kate has experience in advising on minerals and waste and has a keen interest in local government and planning law. http://www.cfrlaw.co.uk/our–people/75/kate-mccusker/


  • Carrie McDonagh

    Committee member

    Carrie McDonagh
    One2One planning – Director. Key practice areas are commercial applications, residential, enforcement matters and environmental issues. http://www.one2one-planning.co.uk/

  • Sarah Dunlop

    Committee member

    Sarah Dunlop
    Sarah trained with a Belfast firm before joining Carson McDowell in January 2012. Sarah specialises exclusively in the Planning and Environmental Law Team of Carson McDowell. http://www.carson–mcdowell.com/who–we–are/our-people/s

  • Sara Tinsley

    Committee member

    Sara Tinsley
    Associate Director, Turley

  • Peter Lockhart

    Committee member

    Peter Lockhart
    Committee Member. Peter is a solicitor in Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s planning and environmental department with experience advising on environmental and planning due diligence and regulatory matters.

  • Grant McBurney

    Committee member

    Grant McBurney
    Associate, Carson McDowell Solicitors. Advises on waste and contaminated land matters, renewable energy projects as well as providing planning and environmental due diligence. http://www.carson-mcdowell.com/

  • Simon Turbitt

    Committee member

    Simon Turbitt
    Barrister at Law – As a former solicitor Simons specialises in planning and enviromental law and is a legal assoicate of the RTPI

  • William Orbinson QC

    Committee member

    William Orbinson QC
    Barrister at Law. Queen’s Counsel specialising for the past 20 years in development planning, energy, waste management, environmental law, and judicial review. http://www.barofni.com/directory/william-orbinson

  • Rosemary Daly

    Committee member

    Rosemary Daly
    Senior Commissioner Planning Appeals Commission Northern Ireland. http://www.pacni.gov.uk/index.htm

  • Andrew Burnbury

    Committee member

    Andrew Burnbury
    Associate at Park Hood. Andrew has worked as a Landscape Architect in the UK, Ireland and Europe since graduating from Manchester Polytechnic and Gloucester University in the early 1990’s. http://www.parkhood.com/?page_id=244

  • Gareth Grindle

    Committee member

    Gareth Grindle
    Director: Planning & Environment at Corvus Environmental Consulting Ltd. Corvus Consulting is the leading Environmental Planning consultancy in Northern Ireland. http://corvusconsulting.com.websitebuilder.prositehosting.co.uk/

  • Louise Coll

    Committee member

    Louise Coll
    Solicitor, Belfast City Council. Specialising in Planning, Enforcement and Judicial Review.