In 2005, the Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study (GDSDS) concluded that all existing wastewater treatment plants in greater Dublin should be upgraded to reach their maximum capacities. It also highlighted the need for a new regional wastewater treatment facility in Dublin. As a next step, these results were used as a basis for the Strategic Environmental Assessment in 2008, which recommended that the site of a new wastewater treatment plant, outfall, and the routes of new sewers should be identified following a rigorous Alternative Site Assessment (ASA) process.
Four focused periods of non-statutory public consultation were undertaken to inform the project, as follows:
1st Consultation May – June 2011
Study Area Constraints
2nd Consultation Oct – Dec 2011
Shortlist of 9 Land Parcels, Pipeline Corridors & Marine Outfall
3rd Consultation May – July 2012
Three Emerging Preferred Site Options
4th Consultation June – Aug 2013
Preferred Option announced and feedback sought on issues to be considered in the EIS
Details of each period of focused public consultation, and the feedback received, was published in dedicated reports. Responses to issues raised in the first, second and third public consultations were addressed in the technical reports published to date. All of these reports are available for view / download here.
During the environmental assessment period from 2014 – 2018, the GDD project team has continued to adopt a proactive approach to ongoing public and stakeholder engagement by issuing regular project progress updates to news subscribers, holding public information events locally, study tours to other wastewater facilities, and through briefing a wide range of stakeholders including community groups, businesses, prescribed bodies, state agencies, local authorities, public representatives and media.
Over 34,000 people have engaged with the GDD Project Team since 2011, at open days, meetings, on the information telephone line and email service and by making written submissions. More than 230 stakeholder meetings were organised by the project team including 34 public information events.
Each and every submission received since 2011 by the GDD team was logged, acknowledged and given full consideration.
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.
We wish to thank the individuals and organisations that have engaged with the GDD project to date.
Statutory Consultation by An Bord Pleanála
An Bord Pleanála will commence a seven week statutory public consultation on Thursday, 28 June 2018.
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 An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 from Thursday 28 June 2018 for a period of 7 weeks until Friday 17 August 2018
- 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.
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.
Irish Water is committed to ongoing engagement with all interested stakeholders and the project team continues to welcome questions, comments or observations so please continue to Contact Us.