Town Planner Infrastructure

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Dublin Airport is currently implementing a €3bn capital investment programme to grow the capacity of the airport.  A vacancy has arisen within the Infrastructure Department for a Town Planner. The purpose of the role is to provide professional and technical assistance on a diverse range of town planning projects and for the candidate to use their skills and experience to ensure successful delivery of the capital programme. The role offers opportunities to work as part of a team on strategic and large-scale aviation infrastructure and commercial projects and to shape planning policy to ensure Dublin and Cork Airports are best placed to meet their development objectives.


  • A qualification in Town Planning (IPI or RTPI Accredited)
  • Candidate should have at least 5 years post-qualification experience in a town planning/urban and regional planning – in either private practice, state/semi-state or consultancy experience or a combination.
  • Experience of managing complex or large infrastructure projects an advantage.
  • Good IT, administration, and organisational skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Good stakeholder management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and report writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly with others.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of Irish planning legislation, planning and environmental guidance, and applicable planning policy.
  • Ability to work in a team, take direction, share knowledge/ideas and work with constructive feedback.
  • Training/CPD in related areas of environmental assessment (including Environmental Impact Assessment, Appropriate Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Water Framework Directive Assessment) an advantage.
  • Membership of the Irish Planning Institute and/or Royal town Planning Institute.
  • Candidate should demonstrate an ongoing willingness to learn and develop and to take on project management responsibilities to drive delivery of successful planning outcomes.
  • Committed to daa values.


Programme Requirements, Standards & Performance:

The Town Planner will coordinate and pannage planning projects and provide support, innovative solutions, and well-reasoned advice, to the Planning Department, within Functions, and across Infrastructure Department in support of delivering the infrastructure capital programme.

The successful candidate shall support the Planning Department in the following tasks:

  1. Preparing and Submitting Planning Applications: Management of planning projects from inception to delivery, including coordination of preplanning consultations, preparation of planning applications and reports, response to further information requests, manage appeals and responses to third party appeals, planning compliance.
  2. Stakeholder Engagement: Work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve consensus, promote good planning principles, support daa development objectives, overcome and mitigate planning risk, and achieve good planning outcomes.
  3. Planning Policy Reviews: Identify areas of policy interest and prepare submissions on relevant planning, environmental or governmental policy to ensure daa objectives are well reflected,
  4. Airport Safeguarding: Contribution to safeguarding of Dublin and Cork Airports in the areas of development management and forward planning. Monitoring planning applications and preparation of planning submissions in daa’s role as a statutory consultee.
  5. Planning Opinions and Site Risk Assessments: Formulate and implement effective planning strategies; Provide planning opinion on the requirement for planning permission; undertake planning site assessments; provide planning appraisals of proposed planning projects; and identify and mitigate planning risk where possible.
  6. Environmental Assessment: Management, review, and coordination of multidisciplinary teams to prepare environmental reports in support of planning submissions (including Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR), Appropriate Assessments (AA), Water Framework Directive Assessments (WFDAs)), as may be assigned
  7. Analysis, research, and reporting: Collate, analyse, and interpret a range of socio-economic, demographic, policy, and related material in support of development proposals and policy change.  Preparation of reports, presentations and other communications to internal and external stakeholders and senior management on progress, updates, risk items and planning strategies.
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