Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) designation is intended for lands where, in the opinion of the Government, specified development is of economic or social importance to the State. It results in a very specific planning process for buildings within the zone.
The two principal elements to delivery of development under the SDZ mechanism are designation as an SDZ by Government Order and adoption of a Planning Scheme for the designated lands. In order for lands to be designated as an SDZ it must be approved by Government Order. The procedure involved the GDA applying to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government for Government designation.
- Grangegorman Planning Scheme
The GDA developed the Strategic Plan into a Draft Planning Scheme for the purposes of the SDZ. The Planning Scheme consists of a written statement and a plan indicating:
® Type of development to be permitted.
® Extent of development.
® Proposals relating to design (maximum height, the external finish, general appearance and design).
® Proposals relating to transport (public transport, road layout, parking and traffic management).
® Proposals relating to services (waste and sewerage; water; electricity and telecommunications; oil and gas).
® Proposals to minimise impact on the environment.
® Proposals for other amenities (where the scheme is for
The Draft Planning Scheme was submitted by the GDA to Dublin City Council whose elected members made the decision to adopt the scheme on 25th July 2011. Following this four appeals were made to An Bord Pleanála in November 2011. The Board approved the Planning Scheme on 14th May 2012.
The Grangegorman Planning Scheme is a Dublin City Council document and can be accessed on their website by following the link below.
Now that the Planning Scheme has been approved all subsequent planning applications, provided that they are consistent with the Adopted Scheme, will receive permission from Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanala will not be involved.
- SDZ Reference Documentation
Strategic Development Zone Reference Documentation
Transport Assessment | download PDF
Mobility Management Strategy | download PDF
Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal| download PDF
Daylight and Sunlight Review| download PDF
Tree Survey| download PDF
Waste Management Strategy| download PDF
Wet Services Assessment – Technical Note| download PDF
Flood Risk Assessment| download PDF
- Current Planning Applications
Under the Grangegorman Planning Scheme adopted in 2012, all subsequent planning applications will be lodged with Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanála will not be involved.
All of the GDA planning applications can be found on the Dublin City Council website by filling in the location or planning reference number here.
The GDA currently has 2 planning applications with Dublin City Council:
- The Academic Hub & Library (includes protected structure North House) - GSDZ2346/19
- Lower House (adaptive re-use) - GSDZ2529/19
- Developing a New Urban Quarter at Grangegorman, Dublin: The Role of Planning in its Successful Delivery
The following paper was written by former GDA Senior Planner Terry Prendergast on “Developing a New Urban Quarter at Grangegorman, Dublin: The Role of Planning in its Successful Delivery”. It was published in the Journal of the Irish Planning Institute, Pleanáil, Issue 20, Winter 2014.
Click here to view the paper.