The Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 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.

A four-stage process was therefore employed which involved extensive public engagement, as detailed below and outlined in the leaflet GDD Project Consultation.

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

Overview of Public Engagment to Date

Over 30,000 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.

Phase No. of media articles No. of Open days No. of attendees No. of submissions
1st Consultation

29

4

59*

1,169

2nd Consultation

67

4

768*

10,688

3rd Consultation

57

4

468*

7,885

4th Consultation

99

4

270*

13,491

Total

252

16

1,565

33,233

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.

Issues raised in the fourth consultation will be addressed in the EIS that will form part of the planning application to An Bord Pleanála in 2018.

The fourth period of focused public consultation is now closed but the Project Team continues to welcome questions, comments or observations so please continue to Contact Us.

Project Roadmap

Greater Dublin Drainage is being developed and delivered in line with the following roadmap: