In addition to individual specialisations, all of our team have undergone training in preparation and presentation of evidence at Oral Hearings and most have extensive experience of this – as well as negotiations with An Bord Pleanála for SID projects. All are active members of their relevant professional institutes and are also involved in third level education and research on their topics.
On a case-by-case basis, our in-house professional staff are augmented by retaining external specialists in areas such as building conservation, archaeology, planning and environmental law, ecology, landscape and building design. Through regular contact we can engage these specialists quickly and brief them efficiently. This ensures that we can draw on the skills and expertise of leading practitioners in a time and cost effective manner.
Patrick Crushell, PhD, project ecologist and AA specialist, has been working in the area of ecological assessment for over ten years. He has worked as an ecologist in the preparation of AAs and Ecological Impact Assessments for over 150 different plans and projects covering a wide range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecological issues over local, county and regional geographical areas. He is currently lead ecologist on a team of specialists preparing restoration and conservation plans for 53 raised bog SACs on behalf of the NPWS. Patrick teaches on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science, University College Cork covering topics such as peatland ecology and conservation, wetland ecological assessment, nature conservation and ecological impact assessment.
Sinéad McCabe, BSc, is a graduate environmental manager with an expertise in waste management. She provides research and technical support for SEA, EIA and policy development.
Louise Treacy, BA, MRUP, is a planner who has extensive experience as a local authority planner, preparing numerous Action Area Plans, Masterplans and Framework Plans. As private sector planner she has led numerous multi-disciplinary teams in the preparation of complex planning applications and EISs.