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The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 / Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Planning applications for housing developments of more than 100 residential units and 200 plus student bed spaces can now be made directly to An Bord Pleanála. 

New legislation which allows for this type of application was enacted on 19th December 2016 and the associated regulations came in to effect on 3 rd July 2017.

The application process to An Bord Pleanála consists of two principal stages:

Stage 1: Pre-Application Consultation which is mandatory for prospective applicants prior to making an application for strategic housing development (SHD).

Stage 2: Planning Application - Applicants will submit applications for SHD directly to An Bord Pleanála. 

Screening / Scoping for Environmental Impact Assessment / Appropriate Assessment
New procedures for screening and scoping for Environmental Impact Assessment / Appropriate Assessment were also introduced under the recently enacted legislation. 

The Strategic Housing Development Pre-Application Consultation Guidance for Prospective Applicants is available Here.

The Strategic Housing Development Pre-Application Consultation Guidance for Planning Authorities is available Here.

The Strategic Housing Development Section 5 Pre-Application Consultation Request is available to download Here