Des Johnson was Director of Planning with An Bord Pleanála (ABP), the most senior technical position within the organisation, until 2015. Under his control were all planning appeals, both urban and rural, along with local authority applications requiring Environmental Impact Assessment. Mr. Johnson took overall responsibility for the drafting of a series of Advice Notes for the organisation, most notably in respect of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) arising from European legislation (EIA and Habitats Directives). More recently, Mr. Johnson has been involved in various consultancies with Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,; ABP and the Office of the Planning Regulator. This work included advising on the transposition of the EIA Directive into Irish law.