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SHD Pre-App (Prospective Applicant): Stage 3

This page explains for prospective applicants stage 3 of the SHD pre-application consultation process after an opinion has been issued.

Stage 3: Planning Application

Next Steps
The Act of 2016 and Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Development) Regulations 2017 require that prospective applicants fulfil certain requirements prior to making an application under section 4. The applicant is required to have:

  • Sought and received an Opinion from An Bord Pleanála under section 6(7) of the Act of 2016 as to whether documents submitted at Pre-Application stage constitute a reasonable basis for an application. 
  • Fulfilled the requirements set out in section 8 of the Act and articles 297 and 298 of the Regulations of 2017. 
  • Received a determination under section 7(1) where applicable (i.e. EIA / AA screening / scoping).


Note: Holding of Pre-Application Consultations with the Board 

Under section 6(9) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, neither the holding of a consultation under section 6, nor the forming of an opinion under that section, shall prejudice the performance by the Board, or the Planning Authority or authorities in whose area or areas the proposed strategic housing development would be situated, of any other of their respective functions under the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2016 or any other enactment and cannot be relied upon in the formal planning process or in legal proceedings.