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Public Consultation – Review of the planning provisions regarding Strategic Housing Developments

The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (the 2016 Act) introduced new streamlined arrangements, for a limited time-period, to enable fast-track planning applications for strategic housing developments (SHDs) of 100 or more housing units, or student accommodation of 200 or more bed spaces, or shared accommodation developments of 200 or more bed spaces, to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála (the Board) for determination.

The primary purpose of the arrangements is to significantly speed up the planning decision-making process for SHD proposals, thereby providing greater certainty for developers in terms of the timeframes within which proposals for such developments can be determined in the planning system, while also fully respecting the statutory requirements for public consultation and regard being had to observations submitted, with a view to ultimately facilitating increased housing supply delivery in accordance with proper planning and development.

Under section 4(2) of the 2016 Act, the SHD provisions apply for an initial period, until the end of 2019. In accordance with the Act, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government may, by order, extend that period by a further limited period of 2 years, up to the end of 2021, to coincide with the end timeframe of Rebuilding Ireland. However, prior to the making of such an order, and not later than 30 October 2019, the 2016 Act requires that the Minister review the operation and effecti veness of the SHD arrangements and lay before both Houses of the Oireachtas a report of the conclusions of the review.

In light of the foregoing, Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has recently established a Review Group to review the operation and effecti veness of the SHD provisions and to report back to him by end September 2019. 

To augment the work of the Review Group, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is now launching a public consultati on off ering relevant stakeholders, including the general public, the opportunity to make writt en submissions on the SHD arrangements which will be forwarded to the Review Group for its consideration.

How to get involved?

Make a Submission

This public consultation will run until close of business on 25 July 2019.

Submissions should be sent by email to or by post to:

SHD Review, Planning Policy Secti on, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin, D01 W6X0.


Status History

Status - Closed
Monday, July 8, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019