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SHD Applications (General Public): Decision

This page explains the decision the Board can make on a strategic housing development (SHD) application

A Decision on a SHD application

In its decision, An Bord Pleanála may: 

  • grant permission with or without conditions; 
  • grant permission subject to modifications; 
  • grant permission in part only, or 
  • refuse to grant permission for the proposed development. 



The Board’s decision will include the main reasons and considerations on which its decision is based.

All those persons or bodies who made submissions or observations on the SHD application will be notified of An Bord Pleanála’s decision. An Bord Pleanála shall also publish a newspaper notice informing the public of its decision. The notice shall state that:

a person may question the validity of any such decision by way of an application for judicial review, under Order 84 of the Rules of the Superior Courts (S.I. No. 15 of 1986), in accordance with sections 50 and 50A of the Act of 2000.


As the decision on a SHD application is made by An Bord Pleanála, a decision on a SHD application cannot be the subject of a planning appeal. Any judicial review of an An Bord Pleanála decision in relation to a SHD application would relate to procedural or legal matters and does not constitute a planning appeal.