Strategic Housing Development

Strategic Housing Development – Planning Applications


Planning applications for housing developments of more than 100 residential units and certain student bed spaces can now be made directly to An Bord Pleanála under Planning provisions introduced in 2016 and 2017.

The application process to An Bord Pleanála consists of  mandatory Pre-Application Consultation prior to the submission of a Planning Application to An Bord Pleanála.


The importance of familiarity and expertise of Planning provisions for the SHD process cannot be understated.  In June 2019 HRA PLANNING provided expert Planning evidence which informed the decision of the High Court to overturn an An Bord Pleanála decision on a SHD proposal.  Further details can be read by clicking here.


HRA PLANNING provides advice and technical input on all aspects of Strategic Housing Development proposals and planning applications to An Bord Pleanála.  Our services and experience include project management of the planning application stage including;

  • planning application strategy;
  • Design team input and/or management for the planning stage;
  • pre-planning consultation with An Bord Pleanála; and the
  • preparation and management of the necessary planning and environmental statements and technical design details;
  • expert evidence for legal challenge.

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