Leading environmental consultancy expands Irish planning capabilities

SLR Consulting has expanded its planning capabilities in Ireland with the appointment of Technical Director Paul Mc Ternan and Associate Aislinn O'Brien.

Paul, who will work from the Belfast office, is a former Board Director of Colin Buchanan& Partners, and has over 24 years' town planning experience. He has specialist expertise in strategic planning, regeneration, development consultancy, statutory plan preparation, rural and urban renewal projects and urban design and masterplanning.

He has made over 300 public enquiry appearances and has project managed major development projects for both public and private sector clients throughout Ireland and the UK and is on the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) masterplanning enabling panel.

Paul said: "I was attracted to SLR because of its in-depth multidisciplinary skill base.

The company has extensive expertise in the core green economy sectors of energy and waste which are critical in terms of understanding the genuine sustainability challenges our cities and communities face."

Aislinn will work from the Dublin office assisting Paul in developing SLR's strategic planning and masterplanning capabilities in Ireland and the UK. She is also formerly a senior member of the Colin Buchanan team and has previously worked on projects including masterplans, design guidance and statutory plans incorporating strategic environmental assessment and appropriate assessment. Aislinnalso has extensive experience in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) work.

Paul and Aislinn have introduced a new client list to SLR bringing new projects in the areas of urban regeneration, ports planning, applications in retail and business park developments, strategic policy research and heritage management to the company.

SLR is an international environmental consultancy, based near Oxford in the UK, with almost 900 employees working from 63 offices in the Europe, North America, Australasia, and Africa.

SLR is one of a very small number of truly international specialist environmental consultancies.

It provides global advice and support on a wide range of strategic and site-specific issues to a diverse and growing base of business, regulatory and governmental clients. Key areas of SLR's business are the energy and mining sector where it is involved with both the oil and gas industry, renewable power including wind, energy from waste, hydropower and biomass, and advises mining companies and funding organisations throughout the world.

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