New regional wastewater treatment facility being proposed

Irish Water will today submit a planning application for strategic infrastructure development to An Bord Pleanála for the Greater Dublin Drainage (GDD) project.

The new regional wastewater treatment facility is being proposed in order to protect public health, safeguard the environment and facilitate the social and economic growth of the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) to 2050.

Population of GDA projected to increase by almost half a million by 2040

The population of the GDA is projected to increase by almost half a million people by 2040. Continued population growth and increased commercial activity means the volume of wastewater generated in greater Dublin is projected to increase by more than 50% over the next 30 years.

If approved, GDD will provide capacity to treat wastewater for up to half a million people in north county Dublin and parts of Kildare and Meath.

What is involved?

The GDD planning application proposes a new regional wastewater treatment facility to be located in the townland of Clonshaugh, an underground orbital sewer from Blanchardstown to Clonshaugh (to intercept existing flows to Ringsend), a new pumping station at Abbotsown, and an outfall pipeline to return the treated water to the Irish Sea. The project also includes a regional sludge treatment centre at the new GDD facility and an associated biosolids storage facility at Newtown near Kilshane Cross.

Ringsend and GDD

Irish Water recently submitted a separate application for strategic infrastructure to An Bord Pleanála to further progress the upgrade to the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant to meet the immediate needs of the region. GDD represents the next major step in the development of the wastewater treatment network in greater Dublin, recognising its continued growth and in particular the limitations of the arterial network which currently drains to Ringsend. GDD will provide the network and additional treatment capacity required to supplement the Ringsend system from the mid-2020’s. Both projects are needed to provide adequate wastewater infrastructure to support the sustainable growth of the GDA up to 2050.

The GDD project will help to ensure that the wastewater generated every day in our homes, schools and workplaces will continue to be treated safely...to safeguard public health, protect the environment and support the sustainable growth of the greater Dublin area.

Jane Chambers, GDD Project Manager

Jane Chambers, GDD Project Manager, said “GDD is a strategic investment priority for Irish Water and today is an important milestone in the development of the drainage network for the Greater Dublin Area. The GDD project will help to ensure that the wastewater generated every day in our homes, schools and workplaces will continue to be treated safely in compliance with the EU and national wastewater treatment regulations.

I wish to acknowledge the previous work of Fingal County Council in bringing the GDD project through the site assessment process and to thank all of the individuals and organisations who have participated in the extensive consultations that have taken place on this project to date.

The GDD project will form a key part of the wastewater network that is necessary to safeguard public health, protect the environment and support the sustainable growth of the greater Dublin area.”

The planning application and the associated environmental reports may be viewed or downloaded from www.gddapplication.ie

Statutory public consultation

An Bord Pleanála will commence a seven week statutory public consultation on Thursday, 28 June 2018. All documents may be inspected free of charge at the following locations during public opening hours or purchased from the appropriate Local Authorities on payment of a specified fee (which shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such copy):

  • The Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 from Thursday 28 June 2018 for a period of 7 weeks until Friday 17 August 2018
  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, County Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 from 2pm Wednesday 20 June until Friday 17 August 2018
  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin from 2pm Wednesday 20 June until Friday 17 August 2018
  • The Offices of Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 from 2pm Wednesday 20 June until Friday 17 August 2018.

Members of the public and interested parties can make observations and submissions on the planning application directly to An Bord Pleanála up until 5:30pm on Friday 17 August 2018.

What is included in the application?

Extensive environmental studies have been undertaken for the GDD project. The planning application, made under Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006, includes an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS).

The published application includes a public and stakeholder participation report which documents how consultation feedback has informed the development of the GDD project. A community benefits scheme is also proposed as part of the project.

Compulsory Purchase Order

Irish Water has also made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in respect of the land, permanent wayleaves, temporary working areas and rights of way required to facilitate the Greater Dublin Drainage Project. The CPO will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála for confirmation.

Affected parties will receive individual written notice. A copy of the CPO documentation may be viewed from Wednesday 20 June until Friday 17 August 2018 at the following locations:

  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, County Offices, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  • The Offices of Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin
  • The Offices Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Subject to planning consent, the new regional wastewater treatment facility and associated infrastructure serving the population of greater Dublin will become operational from 2026.

Contact us

Members of the public with questions on the GDD project can continue to contact the project information team at info@greaterdublindrainage.ie or by phone at Lo-call 1890 445 567. For more information, please visit our Greater Dublin Drainage Project page and YouTube Channel wtr.ie/GDDexplained.

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