Can you provide details of the planning process?

Irish Water submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála, complete with an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS), on Wednesday 20 June 2018. The application has been made under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was also submitted.

An Bord Pleanála is the competent, independent authority that will adjudicate on the planning application made by Irish Water for the project.

A seven week statutory consultation will be held under the direction of An Bord Pleanála beginning on Thursday 28 June and will run until Friday 17 August 2018.


Where can I view the planning application?

The planning application and the associated environmental reports may be viewed or downloaded from: www.gddapplication.ie

All documents may be inspected free of charge at the below locations during public opening hours or purchased from the appropriate Local Authorities on payment of a specified fee (which shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such copy):

  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, County Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 from 2pm Wednesday 20 June until Friday 17 August 2018
  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin from 2pm Wednesday 20 June until Friday 17 August 2018
  • The Offices of Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 from 2pm Wednesday 20 June until Friday 17 August 2018.
  • The Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 from Thursday 28 June 2018 for a period of 7 weeks until Friday 17 August 2018

Members of the public and interested parties can make observations and submissions on the planning application directly to An Bord Pleanála up until 5:30pm on Friday 17 August 2018, once accompanied by the required fee of €50.


What is an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR)?

An Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) is an analysis of the likely effects that a proposed development may have on the environment. This includes any likely effects on people, flora, fauna, soil, water, air, landscape and cultural heritage. The EIAR also includes a non-technical summary.

The EIAR is prepared by the project developer, Irish Water in this case, to inform the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and is submitted to the planning authority for evaluation along with the planning application documents.


Where can I view the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR)?

A dedicated planning application website has been established at www.gddapplication.ie The planning, statutory and environmental documents are available to view and download from this website.

A quick reference guide to the GDD planning application is available in the latest GDD project update.


How has Irish Water considered the feedback provided in previous consultations?

Irish Water has reviewed and considered more than 34,000 submissions which have been made to the GDD project team since 2011.

As part of the planning documentation, Irish Water has published the GDD Public and Stakeholder Participation Report which documents the previous consultations and engagement and how public feedback has informed the development of the GDD project.

Irish Water wishes to thank the individuals and organisations that have engaged with the GDD project to date. The GDD Public and Stakeholder Participation Report is available to view with the planning documentation and online at www.gddapplication.ie


What is a statutory consultation?

The Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006 makes provision for public participation in relation to strategic infrastructure development. As the GDD project is considered to be a strategic infrastructure development (SID), now that the planning application has been submitted, An Bord Pleanála will commence a seven week period of statutory consultation to allow members of the public and interested parties to make a submission or observation on the project directly to them as the national independent planning authority.


How can I make a submission or observation on the project?

Members of the public and interested parties can make observations and submissions on the planning application directly to An Bord Pleanála in writing, accompanied by the required fee of €50, by either:

Post to: The Secretary

An Bord Pleanála

64 Marlborough Street

Dublin 1

D01 V902

Or, by delivering them to the Board’s offices. (Office hours are 9.15am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays and other days on which the offices are closed).

Members of the public and interested parties must make observations and submissions on the planning application directly to An Bord Pleanála up until 5:30pm on Friday 17 August 2018.


Can I contact Irish Water during the statutory consultation?

Yes. The GDD project team will remain available by phone on 1890 44 55 67 and by email at info@greaterdublindrainage.ie  throughout the course of the statutory consultation being held by An Bord Pleanála. However, all submissions or observations must be sent directly to An Bord Pleanála.


What happens next?

Following the statutory consultation, An Bord Pleanála will decide whether it intends to hold an oral hearing as part of the adjudication process for the GDD project and all relevant parties will be notified in writing, if this decision is taken. An Bord Pleanála will publish all details at http://www.pleanala.ie.


How long will the planning process take?

There is a statutory objective for An Bord Pleanála to make decisions within 18 weeks. The 18 week period begins from the last day for making observations or submissions.

Where An Bord Pleanála cannot meet the 18 week decision period it will serve notice in writing to the applicant (Irish Water in this case) and any person who made submissions or observations and give a reason why it will not decide the case within that period. It will also indicate a new date for making the decision.


What is a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)?

A CPO is a legal function that allows certain statutory bodies which need to take land or property to do so without the consent of the owner. The compulsory acquisition of land takes place in Ireland to allow a public infrastructure project to go ahead for the common good.

Irish Water has made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in respect of the land, permanent wayleaves, temporary working areas and rights of way required to facilitate the Greater Dublin Drainage project.


Where can I find further information on the CPO for the GDD project?

Further information on the GDD CPO is available at www.gddapplication.ie

Affected parties will receive individual written notice. The CPO will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála for confirmation.

A copy of the CPO documentation may be viewed at the following locations from Wednesday, 20 June 2018:

  • gddapplication.ie
  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, County Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin
  • The Offices Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Objections to the CPO may be made in writing to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, before 5.30pm on Friday 17 August 2018.


If GDD is granted planning consent, what is the expected timeline for construction?

In parallel with the planning process, Irish Water will hold a public procurement process to appoint contractor(s) to design, build and operate the GDD project. This stage will take approximately 12-18 months to complete.

Subject to planning consent, the construction process will begin with the Regional Biosolids Storage Facility in 2020 which is envisaged to take approximately 18-24 months to complete.

Subject to planning consent, construction of the GDD wastewater treatment plant and associated orbital sewer, marine outfall and pumping station is estimated to take three years and will begin, at the earliest, in 2022. The new GDD facility is expected to be operational by 2026 when additional wastewater treatment in the greater Dublin area will be needed.


Is the GDD project linked to the upgrade works in Ringsend wastewater treatment plant?

Irish Water has made a separate strategic infrastructure application to An Bord Pleanála to upgrade the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant. Together, these projects are needed to provide adequate wastewater treatment in the GDA up to 2050. GDD will provide the additional treatment capacity required from the mid-2020s.

We are working to ensure that the wastewater generated every day in our homes, schools and workplaces continues to receive the proper treatment – supporting the sustainable growth of our communities and protecting our environment.


Will community benefit form part of the GDD project?

Yes. Our corporate responsibility initiatives underpin our commitment to enhancing the health and quality of life of the people of Ireland, protecting our environment and enabling economic and social development. The GDD project will protect and enhance Dublin’s water quality for all and will support the sustainable growth of communities and industry.

In addition to the many inherent benefits, Irish Water recognises that major infrastructural projects provide opportunities for associated benefits to accrue locally during construction and in operation. We have researched and developed a community benefits scheme for the Greater Dublin Drainage project in order to leverage and maximise benefits under three main themes: Employment, Education and Environment. The community benefits scheme aims to deliver benefits for communities in proximity to the proposed infrastructure.  The scheme aims to build positive, lasting relationships and goodwill with neighbouring communities.

The GDD Community Benefits Scheme forms part of the planning documentation at www.gddapplication.ie