The public and other persons or bodies can participate in the planning process for Strategic Housing Developments (SHD) at Application stage. Members of the public can make a submission or observations on a SHD application to An Bord Pleanála and such submission or observations will be considered by An Bord Pleanála when making a decision on the application.
Before an applicant submits a SHD application to An Bord Pleanála, he / she is required to publish a notice of such a proposal in a newspaper circulating in the area of the proposed development. In addition, an applicant is required to erect a public notice at the site of the proposed development.
Both the newspaper notice and site notice will provide a description of the nature and extent of the proposed development along with other information. The notices will inform the public of the times and places, including at the offices of An Bord Pleanála and the planning authority, where the application can be inspected free of charge or a copy can be purchased for a specified fee.
The applicant is also required to provide a website where the application can be inspected. The website address will be given on both the newspaper notice and site notice. The notices will provide information on how the public can make a submission or observations to An Bord Pleanála in relation to the application. The website must be kept live and available to the public for a minimum of 8 weeks following the making of a decision by An Bord Pleanála.