Grand Canal Storm Water Outfall Extension

Dublin City Council intends to seek the approval of An Bord Pleanála, in accordance with Section 226 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, for the Grand Canal Storm Water Outfall Extension comprising the construction of pipework, transition chambers, floating platforms and new outfall structure to the River Liffey, including all ancillary site works. The proposed development will reroute the existing stormwater discharge point from the Grand Canal Dock Basin into the River Liffey.

The proposed works will take place within the designated North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Strategic Development Zone in Grand Canal Docks Basin and Grand Canal Quay, extending through Hanover Quay to tie-in with an existing culvert on Asgard Road, before connecting with a new section of pipeline and outfall at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on the River Liffey, Dublin 2. The proposed development consists of or comprises the carrying out of works to a protected structure (RPS 7542) under the Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 and proposed protected structures (RPS 8844 and 8847) under the Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028.

The proposed development will operate pursuant to a Foreshore Licence which will be applied for separately. The project will be constructed in the Ringsend Agglomeration area licenced under the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) (WWDA) Regulations 2007 (Licence D0034-01). This application relates to a proposed development which requires a review of the existing WWDA Licence.

An Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) have been prepared in respect of the proposed development and will be submitted to the Planning Authority with the application.

This application for approval, EIAR and NIS will be available for inspection free of charge, or may be purchased on payment of a specified fee (which fee shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such a copy) during the public opening hours excluding Bank Holidays, from 14th June 2022 to 26th July 2022 (inclusive of both dates) at the following locations:

  • The Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 V902 (9:15am – 5:30pm);
  • Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, D08 RF3F (9:00am – 4:30pm).

The application plans and particulars, EIAR and NIS may also be viewed at or downloaded from the links below”

Submissions or observations may be made in writing only to An Bord Pleanála (“the Board”), 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 in respect of:

  1. The implications of the proposed development for proper planning and sustainable development;
  2. The likely effects on the environment of the proposed development; and,
  3. The likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European Site, if carried out.

Any submissions / observations must be accompanied by a fee of €50 (except for certain prescribed bodies) and must be received not later than 5:30pm on 26th July 2022 and must include the following information:

  1. The name of the person making the submission or observation, the name of the person acting on his or her behalf, if any, and the address to which any correspondence relating to the application should be sent;
  2. The subject matter of the submission or observation; and,
  3. The reasons, considerations and arguments on which the submission or observation is based in full.

Observations/submissions can be made online at the following address:

Such submissions and observations will be considered by the Board in making a decision on the application. Any submissions or observations which do not comply with the above requirements cannot be considered by the Board.

The Board may at its absolute discretion hold an Oral Hearing on the application. (For further details see ‘A Guide to Public Participation in Strategic Infrastructure Development’ on the Board’s website

The Board may approve, approve subject to conditions, or refuse to approve a proposed development.

Any enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to the Strategic Infrastructure Section of the Board (Telephone 01-8588100).

Any person may question the validity of any such decision of the Board by way of an application for judicial review, under Order 84 of the Rules of the Superior Courts (S.I. no. 15 of 1986, as amended by S.I. No. 691 of 2011), in accordance with Section 50 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 as amended. Practical information on the review mechanism can be accessed under the heading ‘Legal Notices – Judicial Review Notice’ on the Board’s website,, or on the Citizens Information Service website


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