An Bord Pleanála Approves Amendment to Planning Scheme

An Bord Pleanála have just approved the proposed amendment to the Grangegorman Planning Scheme to allow for a 24 classroom primary school on the site. The Board decided that the amendment would not represent a material change to the Scheme. Therefore, as per the Planning Act, the Planning Authority (Dublin City Council) were not required to go to public consultation.

The following is a quote from the relevant Order:

“Having regard to the overall provisions of S170A of the Act, the Board agreed with the inspector’s conclusion that the proposed amendments would not be material, given the limited nature of the proposed amendment. It is considered that the amendment will not have material implications for the amenities of the area and will not affect the overall planning scheme objectives or the character of the Grangegorman SDZ area.”

The decision can be found on An Bord Pleanala’s website at the below link;

The GDA will now proceed with the design of a 24 classroom school with lead designers Grafton Architects, who are an internationally renowned and award winning Architecture practice.

The Department of Education and Skills requested that the school be increased in size from 16 to 24 classrooms following research into future pupil numbers in the area by their forward planning unit two years ago.

Following some discussion in the area and with local elected officials, the GDA confirmed these figures with our own planning consultants RPS. From there the proposed amendment was submitted to An Bord Pleanála by Dublin City Council.