Consultation on emerging preferred sites and routes

Please note this phase of non-statutory consultation has now ended.

Fingal County Council has published a report, the Alternative Sites Assessment and Route Selection Report (Phase 2): Emerging Preferred Sites and Routes. This report identifies three emerging preferred site options for further consideration as the location for Greater Dublin Drainage. The three emerging preferred sites options for further consideration are:

The Alternative Sites Assessment and Route Selection Report (Phase 2): Emerging Preferred Sites and Routes and associated mapping can be downloaded from the project publications page.

This report sets out the process used to identify and appraise the site options, i.e. the site for the WwTP, pipeline routes, and outfall locations. Each of the nine site options is discussed in detail.

As part of the report’s publication, Fingal County Council has now launched an eight week non-statutory public consultation, which runs from 14th May until 6th July 2012; more details of how you can get involved are shown below.

A “site option” includes an approximately 20Ha site, associated orbital pipeline routes from the load centres to the wastewater treatment plant (WwTP), pipeline routes from the WwTP to the coast, marine pipeline routes, and a marine outfall location. A final preferred site option has not yet been chosen.

How were the three emerging preferred site options identified?

Since the close of the first ASA Consultation (10th October to 2nd December 2011), the Technical Team has been engaged in a step-by-step, qualitative process to identify the three emerging preferred site options. The environmental and technical criteria used in this process included:

  • Agronomoy and Agriculture
  • Air Quality and Odour
  • Capital and Operational Costs
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Ecology
  • Engineering and Design
  • Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  • Landscape and Visual
  • Noise and Vibration
  • People and Communities
  • Planning Policy
  • Safety
  • Soils and Geology
  • Sustainability
  • Traffic

What happens next?

Please note this phase of non-statutory consultation has now ended.

To date, this is the third in a series of non-statutory consultations to take place. This is the final non-statutory consultation opportunity before the statutory consultation, run by An Bord Pleanála, takes place when the Project Team has made an application (Please see Project Road Map).

All feedback received as part of this eight week non-statutory consultation, will be reviewed and collated into a Consultation Report, which will be published after the close of the consultation.

The feedback will be reviewed and considered by the Technical Team as it moves towards the selection of a preferred site, orbital pipeline route, and marine outfall location for Greater Dublin Drainage.

How to participate

Fingal County Council is now undertaking an eight week non-statutory consultation and all interested parties are welcome to give their views on the three emerging preferred site options. The consultation will run from Monday, 14th May to Friday, 6th July 2012.

This non-statutory consultation will provide all interested people and groups with an opportunity to engage with the Project Team as part of the final site option selection process. All feedback and submissions will be reviewed as part of the development of Greater Dublin Drainage.

You are welcome to attend any of four Open Days to be held in Fingal County Council, Main Street, Swords. The Project Team will be available to discuss the report, answer your questions, and listen to your views.

Open Days

  • Wednesday, 30th May, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2nd June, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 14th June, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 16th June, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In order to ensure stakeholder feedback is considered in advance of the project moving to the next phase, all feedback for this consultation should be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 6th July 2012.

What is being consulted on?

Fingal County Council would like to hear your views on the following:

Site Options

  • What are your comments on the emergng preferred site options?


  • Has all relevant criteria been considered when determining the three emerging preferred site options?
  • Is there anything else you think should be reviewed and considered?

Final Site Selection

  • What do you think should be considered as part of the selection for the final preferred site routes and outfall?

Any other comments?

  • How would you like to be communicated with as the project progresses?
  • If you have any other information you believe is relevant to the development of the project please let us know.

For more information, to may a submission, or if you have any questions:

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions Section.

Download the Project Brochure and posters.

Read the full report.

See all the maps on our maps page.


Phone: 0818 44 55 67

Write to: Greater Dublin Drainage Project, c/o RPS Group, West Pier Business Campus, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland