Large-scale Residential Development Process

Large-scale Residential Developments (LRD) applications are submitted to the local planning authority for decision.  This new process was introduced on 17th December 2021 and replaced Strategic Housing Development (SHD) applications which were submitted to the An Bord Pleanála.

The types of application under LRD include:

  • 100 or more houses.
  • Student accommodation comprising of 200 bed spaces or more.
  • A combination of the two where the threshold is met for either element.

The new LRD arrangements involve up to three stages as follows:

Pre-application stage:

This involves two steps; firstly, the applicant is required to seek standard pre-application consultation as currently mandated for developments of this scale under section 247 of the Planning Act. The second step entails a mandatory 8-week consultation phase with the local authority resulting in the holding of an “LRD meeting” and the issuing of an “LRD opinion” as to whether the proposals constitute a reasonable basis for submitting a planning application.

The following form must be completed and submitted to request a pre-planning meeting. The form details information that must be submitted.

LRD Pre-planning meeting request form (PDF) - 100 kbs  PDF

Application stage:

This stage involves a standard application to the planning authority with a mandatory 8-week decision timeframe.

The following supplementary form must be completed and submitted with an LRD application.

LRD Supplementary Application form (PDF) - 120 kbs  PDF

Appeal stage:

The decision of the planning authority may be appealed to An Bord Pleanála, in which case the Board has a mandatory 16-week decision timeframe.