Cafe in Rathmines

We are delighted to have received a decision to grant planning for the change of use of a retail unit to a cafe at 15 Rathmines Road Upper.

We look forward to developing the project with Kingston Lafferty Design.



RIAI Simon Open Door 2016

We recently participated in the RIAI Simon Open Door initiative, where  in return for a €70 donation to Simon, we provided an hour-long consultation with families to discuss there properties and prospectives changes they wish to make to these. All consultations were very successful and overall their €95,000 raised for this worthy charity.

Included is a letter of thanks received from Simon.

Dear Michael,

On behalf of the Simon Community I would like to thank you for taking part in the RIAI Simon Open Door campaign on the weekend of the 14th and 15thMay. We really appreciate the time and expertise you put in to make this happen. This year was an outstanding success and raised over €95,000 for our work.

We have received feedback from the public.

Below are just a few comments;

‘Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to take part in the RIAI Simon Open Door campaign.  It was very useful to me with regard to planning and great to be part of the good cause’.

‘It was a great experience. Thank you for the opportunity’.

‘The consultation gave us a good chance to begin the process of choosing an architect for our upcoming project’.

‘I enjoyed the experience I hope it was a great success for a great cause’.

RIAI Simon Open Door makes a real difference to us in both funds and awareness as we tackle the homelessness crisis around the country. We would also like to thank the RIAI for being a fantastic partner with us not only this year but over previous years.

Once again, thank you for taking part in the RIAI Simon Open Door 2016 and helping to make it a huge success.

Kind regards,


Eimear Larkin

Fundraising Executive

Simon Communities of Ireland

St Andrews House

28-30 Exchequer Street

Dublin 2


Boeing 767 arrives on Glamping Site in Enniscrone



No Objections!!! Getting Planning for a Boeing 767 in a Glamping Village
We are delighted to work with our client David Mc Gowan of Quirky Nights Glamping Village to attain planning permission without a single objections to install a Boeing 767 in Quirky Nights a Transport Orientated Glamping Site. A Boeing 767 plane is a big machine at a length and width of 160ft it certainly raised eyebrows when it was proposed as a centrepiece. So how do you get planning for an ambitious project like this?

  1. Talk to your Neighbours and get them on board. We had over 20! so we booked the local hotel and invited the neighbours to discuss their concerns openly. Understanding there needs and been able to address them in advance of the submission saved the neighbour and our time in objections.
  2. Extensively consult with the Planning, Heritage, Roads, and Drainage departments by way of pre planning meeting. Understanding how they will interpret information and addressing their concerns will ensure they are not coming in cold to assess the application.
  3. Ensure not to rush the application process and address concerns to avoid a further information request or refusal for lack of relevant information.
  4. Be open and transparent. Issue your neighbours with a copy of the documentation to save them the hassle of looking it up on line or printing it all out themselves.
  5. Follow up with neighbours before the observation/objection process ends. Objections can be left to the last minute and often be a knee jerk reaction if they cannot understand the drawings.
    Follow these simple steps and planning won’t be so hard to attain.


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