What we do

Providing an expertise in the increasingly complex planning, environmental and sustainable development arena, O’Connor Whelan is a strategic planning consultancy whose service is based on applying a thorough understanding of clients’ requirements and the planning system to problem solving and project realisation.

The consultancy has an acute understanding of the planning process and has earned a reputation for successfully guiding projects through the detailed consideration of interrelated and often complex planning, environmental, architectural and engineering issues. Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 and Visual Control Tower, RTE’s proposed new broadcasting facility and the DART Underground are among the key infrastructural projects in which Alan has been involved. In addition, he has worked on numerous large-scale residential and retail developments countrywide and have assisted Local Authorities in preparing Development and Local Area Plans. O’Connor Whelan has an expert knowledge and skill-set that ensures accurate, reliable and cost-effective advice that adds value to property assets.

Alan Whelan

A town planner with some 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, Alan provides advice in a range of areas from policy formulation and development appraisal to Strategic Infrastructure Developments, presenting expert evidence in court and co-ordinating multi-disciplinary project teams. His experience in large-scale infrastructural projects includes acting as lead planning consultant for Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2, the proposed Visual Control Tower for the Irish Aviation Authority and DART Underground. In addition, his expertise in forward planning has assisted in the completion of land use and transportation plans, development plans and local area plans for a variety of Local Authorities. Alan is a board member of the Oaklee Housing Trust.

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Our Services

  • Planning Audit and Development Appraisals
  • Planning Applications
  • Planning Appeals including Oral Hearings
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Retail Planning and Retail Impact Statements
  • Master Plan Preparation
  • Local Area Plan Preparation
  • Policy Submissions

  • Strategic Sustainability Appraisals
  • Strategic Infrastructure Development Applications
  • Railway Order Applications
  • Arbitration Submissions, including representation at Arbitration Hearings
  • Expert Court Witness Statements

Our Projects

We currently provide services to a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors. Sectors include:

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Commercial Developments
  • Industrial Developments
  • Infrastructural Projects including Strategic Infrastructure Development
  • Plan Making/Forward Planning
  • Residential Development
  • Retail Developments
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism and Leisure Developments

Contact - Send us a message


o'connor whelan limited

222-224 Harold's Cross Road, Dublin 6W.

t: +353 1 561 5000 m: +353 86 419 0058 e: info@oconnorwhelan.com