Strategising and organising for successful projects.

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Our Planning team is one of Ireland’s largest and most experienced planning practices, with experience across every industry sector.

Since the early 2000s, MKO has been at the forefront of planning consultancy practice in Ireland, with extensive experience across all project types and scales. Our experienced Planning team possesses a breadth of planning knowledge and expertise across the public and private sectors that we can utilise to provide services to our clients and bring their projects to fruition. Over the last three decades, MKO has forged a reputation for excellence and quality within the industry, and our goal is to strengthen and develop this reputation further through our work.

Experts in this field

Key contacts for our Planning team

  • Colm Ryan

    Colm Ryan

    Planning Director


  • Pamela Harty

    Pamela Harty

    Project Director, Planning


  • Sean McCarthy

    Sean McCarthy

    Project Director, Planning



Planning Key Services

Comprehensive planning services for effective project outcomes.

Planning applications

We manage the entire planning permission application process or provide key inputs and planning advice. From advice at the pre-planning stage to preparing and managing the planning application or responding to further information requests, we help applicants or their project teams navigate a project through the planning process.

Planning appeals

We compile comprehensive, robust and effective planning appeals or responses to grounds of appeal when a planning application is subject to An Bord Pleanála appeal. We prepare responses to grounds of appeal when a successful planning application must be defended on appeal.

Development plan submissions

The submissions we prepare for the reviews of Development Plans and Local Area Plans are instrumental in increasing the development potential of sites and properties. Our submissions take account of planning precedents and policy trends to make the strongest possible argument in favour of the suggested policy changes.

Planning strategies/masterplans

When planning expertise is required to formulate a planning strategy or masterplan, we develop practical proposals that balance community and commercial interests. Our masterplanning proposals are built on our insight into how places influence wellbeing, work and lifestyle and our technical understanding of interconnected systems such as housing, recreation, transport and energy.

Development potential reports/feasibility studies

Our Development Potential Reports/Feasibility Studies help determine what a site might be able to accommodate by way of future development. We consider the relevant planning policies that govern development standards for a particular area and outline this ruleset under which any future planning application will be considered.

Large scale residential planning applications

Our team prepare and submit planning applications under the Large-Scale Residential Development Act 2021, a mandatory planning route for developments of 100 residential units or more or student accommodation of 200-bed spaces or more.

Strategic Infrastructure Developments (SIDs)

SIDs require strategic planning advisors. In this role, we help manage planning risks, reduce application timeframes and maximise the chance of a successful outcome. From the initial pre-determination consultation stage to SID determination, then to the preparation and lodgement of a SID application, our team are experienced across multiple projects at every stage of this process.

Planning expert witness

Our senior planning experts regularly provide planning-related expert witness testimony in legal, planning hearings and CPO proceedings.

Impact assessments

We have extensive experience in preparing planning impact assessments to accompany planning applications, ie retail impact assessment, linguistic impact assessment, etc.

Condition compliance

Our team can assist in the discharge of planning conditions associated with a grant of planning permission, including identifying an overarching planning strategy to the compliance exercise and preparing specific inputs to address conditions.


Our in-house CAD team provides a complete planning drawing package for planning applications, including layouts, elevations, and sections.

Case Study

Selected projects

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    Center Parcs Longford Forest – Holiday Village extension

    MKO acted as the planning and environmental consultants for extending the existing Centre Parcs Longford Forest – Holiday Village in Ballymahon, Co. Longford.

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    Dexcom International Ltd.

    MKO secured planning permission on behalf of Dexcom International Ltd for their new medical device facility in Athenry, Co Galway. The facility will employ 1,000 people upon completion.

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    Ship Street Great Redevelopment

    MKO secured planning permission for a mixed-use commercial development at Ship Street Great Dublin 8 on behalf of Luxor Developments Ltd.

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    Tubbercurry Public Realm Enhancements Project – Part 8  

    MKO secured planning permission via the Part 8 Planning Process for public realm enhancements within the town centre of Tubbercurry.

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Contact us

We’ll support your project at every step, with our expert team providing customised solutions.

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