About Us

As Planning & Property Consultancy, RW Nowlan & Associates work in partnership with our clients, gaining a thorough understanding of their needs and by helping them achieve their objectives and goals for each of their assets.

Our core competencies of Town Planning, Land Use Management and Property Surveying provides us with an inherent understanding of the competencies and the interactions and influences that planning & property restrictions, land use regulations have on asset values and development potential. The above skill set allows us to identify and manage financial and non-financial regulatory risk to existing and future asset values.

Robert Nowlan Bsc (Surv), MPP, MIPI, MULI, MRTPI​

Managing Director​

An experienced Planning Consultant & Property Advisor, Robert Nowlan commenced his property career with Palmer McCormack Chartered Surveyors where he worked across a wide spectrum of roles. During his time with Palmer McCormack, he worked in the Office, Valuations and Retail Departments. Upon Palmer McCormack’s transition to HWBC Chartered Surveyors, Robert advanced to Senior Retail Surveyor and was responsible for analysis and development appraisals of various development sites in and around Dublin city centre. His role was to provide expert advice to existing and retained clients in HWBC with regards to existing and future retail developments.

Upon completion of a Masters Degree in Planning at University College Dublin in 2005, he was employed by John Spain & Associates. Duties included the preparation of retail impact assessments, development plan submissions and the preparation of large mixed use development planning applications. Clients included: The Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Aldi Ireland, and Treasury Holdings Ltd. Robert joined Declan Brassil & Company in 2007 where he was primarily involved in retail planning and economic assessment work for large retail multiples and developers. Clients included: Tesco Ireland, McGarrell/Reilly Group, Firestone Ltd.

In 2010, Robert set up Ryan Nowlan Consulting Ltd, a planning, economic, and environmental planning practice which he was a Director/Owner of up until 2016. The practice provided strategic planning and planning asset management services to primarily Receivers and Banking Sectors. Clients included: Green Property Ventures, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Deloitte, AIB, Kepak, Lloyds Bank, Ulster Bank, Edward Holdings, Alliance Insurance, and the National Roads Authority. Robert is currently a member of the Irish Planning Institute, The Society of Chartered Surveyors, Royal Town Planning Institute and The Urban Land Institute of Ireland.

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Liam Ryan FCA

Non-Executive Director

Liam is a Non-Executive Director of RW Nowlan & Associates. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years’ experience as an accountant in practice.

He was the Founding Partner of Ryan Glennon and spent 20 years as its Managing Partner.

In practice, Liam specialised in corporate finance, and has wide experience in business planning and company development issues. He is a non-executive director of a number of private companies.

During his career he has been a Director/Chairman/Advisor to international companies, large SMEs, professional bodies and public sector entities.

Hendrik W van der Kamp MScEng, FIPI, MIEI


After graduating in 1978 from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, Hendrik W van der Kamp was appointed planning research officer in Bunnik Municipality, Netherlands. He moved to Ireland in 1982 and worked first as Assistant Planner for Cork County Council. In 1985 he became Senior Research Officer in An Foras Forbartha (National Institute for Construction and Planning Research). Following its abolition in 1987 he became Senior Planning Inspector with An Bord Pleanála. In that capacity he dealt with a wide range of development projects throughout Ireland and carried out oral hearings. In 1995 he joined the lecturing staff of the planning school in UCD. He joined Dublin Institute of Technology in 1999 where he became responsible for the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in spatial planning. From 2003 to 2017 he has been Head of School in DIT (School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning) and as such was responsible for the delivery of a wide range of programmes. He has recently been appointed to the part-time position of Director of Department Architecture and Environment in Gengdan Institute of Beijing University of Technology, China.

As well as providing planning advice to community groups, architects, consultants and private developers, he has given advice and acted as an expert evaluator to a range of public sector bodies incl. Government Departments and the European Commission.

He is a Past-President of the Irish Planning Institute and was President of the European Council of Spatial Planners from 2013 to 2015. He completed in 2013 an independent review of recommendations relating to planning policy and practice in Ireland. He was member of the expert advisory group for the National Spatial Strategy and currently sits on the advisory group for the National Planning Framework.

Email: [email protected]

Peter P. Gillett MIPI, DiP TP (UCD). Dip Env Econs,Dip Env Assessment


Peter Gillett has over 34 years’ experience working as an Urban Planner which involves a wide range of duties from Development Management to the preparation and implementation of Local Area and County Development Plans. He has also extensive experience of working with the Irish Planning Appeals Board as well as being involved in the making of appeals for private clients. His private sector experience has been at a managerial level with involvement in a diverse array of urban planning and associated work for both private and public sector clients.

Peter was an Assistant/Executive Planner in Dublin County Council from 1980 to 1990. In January 1990, he was appointed Senior Executive Planner in Roscommon County Council. He returned to Dublin (later Fingal) County Council later that same year where he worked till Sept 2005. As a Senior Executive Planner, he dealt with most of the large scale development proposals in the county as well as a heavy workload of planning applications from 1994. He finished public sector employment at the grade of Senior Planner/Planning Manager in October 2005.

From October 2005 to Jan 2007 He was Manager of Colin Buchanan Planning and Transportation Consultancy office in Dublin and was responsible for a wide range of professional work including Local Area Plans, planning and development advice and services to An Teagasc. Other clients included Dublin Docklands Authority, local authorities and Failte Ireland.

Since January 2007, he has operated his own Planning and Development Consultancy and is involved in a wide range of planning and development related work. This involves project management/planning input on planning applications from mixed commercial developments to small in fill housing schemes and one off houses. Planning appeals and submissions on planning applications, preparation of planning and development feasibility reports on potential proposals for clients and on occasion for banks where loan /funding is sought for purchase of sites. From December 2007, up to July of 2009 he was engaged as a fee per case Consultant by An Bord Pleanala.

He is a member of the Irish Planning Institute. In 2007, he was chairman of the private sector section of the Institute. He has a Diploma in Town Planning from UCD, Diploma in Environmental Economics from Bolton St. College of Technology and Dip Environmental Impact Assessment from UCD.

Email: [email protected]

Kirsty McDonnell

Executive Planning & Development Consultant 

Kirsty has a primary degree in Geography and English from NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning from University College Dublin.

During her time working with the Irish Planning Institute, Kirsty had responsibility for key institute Committees such as the Membership and Professional Practice Committee, the Technical and Education Committee, and the Policy and Research Committee. She was also responsible for the provision of Continued Professional Development for Irish planners. Her interests lie in Irish Planning Policy which she developed through drafting IPI Policy Submissions and editing the Institute’s annual planning journal Pleanáil.

Kirsty has also implemented a Mentoring Scheme for young planners in Ireland and the UK during her time with the IPI. She is a current member of the Irish Planning Institute.

Email [email protected]


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