Consultation on Potential Locations and Routes

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

Fingal County Council has reached a major milestone in the search for suitable locations for the regional wastewater treatment plant, orbital sewer and marine outfall, with the publication of the Alternative Site Assessment Phase One – Preliminary Screening Outcomes Report.

This Report identifies nine (9) potential land parcels, within which the proposed regional wastewater treatment plant could be located, and also identifies sewer pipeline corridors, as well as areas for a potential outfall to the Irish Sea.  The approach adopted in identifying these land parcels was to avoid, and not just mitigate, significant environmental impacts.  A site area of approximately twenty (20) hectares has been estimated as being necessary for the new regional wastewater treatment plant. 

To view maps of the nine (9) potential land parcels click here.

The Report does not identify specific sites for the regional wastewater treatment plant.  Most of the land parcels identified are far in excess of the 20 hectares required to accommodate the plant and there could be a number of potential siting options within each of the land parcels.

A number of factors have contributed to determining the required size of the site, including;

  • A comparison made to existing similar wastewater treatment plants
  • A need for sufficient space to adequately construct and screen the plant
  • Allowing for a range of potential technologies
  • Allowing for future-proofing of the plant

Most of the wastewater that will go to this new plant is currently going to Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Plant at Ringsend will reach its maximum treatment capacity of 2.1 million PE by 2020.  Diverting this wastewater to another treatment facility will mean that the Ringsend Plant will not become overloaded.  In order to achieve this, a new plant will need to be commissioned by 2020.  This was the recommendation set out in the Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study (GDSDS), 2005 and the subsequent Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), 2008

The nine (9) potential land parcels

Click on the name to view a detailed map of the land parcel.

Annsbrook This land parcel is located in the townland of Annsbrook approximately 2.5km north east of Ballyboghil (Ballyboughal).  It has a total area of 62ha
Baldurgan This land parcel is located in the townland of Baldurgan approximately 1.6km south east of Ballyboghil.  This land parcel has a total area of 57ha
Cloghran In the townland of Cloghran, approximately 2.2km east of Dublin Airport and 3.3km south of Swords.  This land parcel has a total area of 32ha
Clonshagh (Clonshaugh) In the townland of Clonshagh, approximately 2.5km east of Dublin Airport and 1.3km north of Belcamp and Darndale.  This land parcel has a total area of 40ha
Cookstown In the townland of Cookstown, approximately 2.5km south east of Ballyboghil.  This land parcel has a total area of 80ha
Newtowncorduff This land parcel is located in the townland of Newtoncorduff approximately 2.2km west of Lusk.  This land parcel has a total area of 43ha
Rathartan This land parcel is located in the townland of Rathartan approximately 2.0km west of Rush and approximately 3.0km to the east of Lusk.  It has a total area of 41ha
Saucerstown In the townland of Saucerstown, approximately 3.3km northwest of Swords.  This land parcel has a total area of 36ha
Tyrrelstown Little This land parcel is located in the townland of Tyrrelstown Little, approximately 2.8km north east of Lusk and 3.6km north west of Rush.  The land parcel has a total area of 104ha

For a map of the land parcels click here

This is an opportunity to engage with the project team and to give your views on the potential land parcels, outfall locations and pipeline corridors.

At this stage we would like to hear your views on the following issues:

  • What are the features of each identified land parcel that makes it suitable or unsuitable as a potential location for the regional wastewater treatment plant?
  • What issues should be considered in deciding the location for the marine outfall?
  • What issues should be considered in deciding the routes for the pipeline?
  • How should these features be considered in the next phase of the Project?
  • What other issues do you think need to be taken into account at this stage of the Project?
  • How would you like to be involved or communicated with as the Project progresses?

This early engagement is in addition to and does not affect peoples’ rights to consult later during the statutory phases. All consultation periods are equally important to the development of Greater Dublin Drainage and Fingal County Council welcomes feedback from all interested stakeholders at any stage and is seeking feedback from stakeholders on what issues or concerns should be taken into account in determining the locations of the three elements of the Greater Dublin Drainage project.  This early engagement is in addition to the future statutory consultation phases of the initiative, when a planning application will be made by Fingal County Council to An Bord Pleanala for the locations are chosen for the new infrastructure. 

For further details and to read the full ASA Phase One Preliminary Screening Outcomes Report click here

How to participate?

Attend an Open Day

All interested stakeholders are invited to attend at any of four Open Days to be held at Fingal County Hall, Main St, Swords, during October and November, as follows:

  • Saturday 22nd October from 11am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 26th October from 2pm to 8pm
  • Thursday 3rd November from 2pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 5th November from 11am to 4pm

Tell us your views

Submissions can be made directly to the project team at the Open Days or you can use one of the contact methods below to make your submission or ask any questions you may have. 

Contact us

You may also contact the Project Team as follows at any stage including during the consultation process:

  • Lo-call telephone: 1890 44 55 67
  • Write to: Greater Dublin Drainage Project Manager, C/O RPS Group, West Pier Business Campus, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin