Sorcha Rose Mc Groarty
Plans have been lodged for more than 8,500 residential units to be built by property developers with An Bord Pleanála.
These plans are made up of up to 30 separate schemes and were lodged before the appeals board.
The bulk of these plans are set for Dublin, with 12 different schemes taking up 2,885 of the units.
The largest scheme entering consultations is by Arnub Ltd and Aspect Homes for 418 houses and 276 apartments in Ashbourne, totaling 694 residential units.
Serendale LTD plans to build 468 apartments near the Omni Park shopping center on the Swords Road in Dublin 9.
The majority of these unit plans were lodged under a pre-planning application consultations facility.
This is where An Bord Pleanála first does a preliminary examination of a scheme to see if it covers the basics for an SHD scheme or requires further change.
They do this in conjunction with local authority planners.
The wave of applications comes as the current SHD system is to be phased out this year and replaced with the large-scale residential developments (LSRD) system. It will restore planning decision powers for large residential developments to local authorities.
Under the SHD system these developers were able to cut past local authorities and lodge plans for schemes directly with An Bord Pleanála.
The wave we saw in December of applications to the SHD comes as the current SHD system will be phased out next year in favour of a different system, the large-scale residential developments (LSRD) system. Set to restore planning decision powers in cases of large residential developments to local authorities.
The government allowed pre-planning applications to the SHD up until the 17th of December 2021 before the system was abolished.