Large scale Residential Developments

Large-scale Residential Development

Large-scale Residential Development (LRD) arrangements were introduced under the Planning and Development (Amendment) (Large-scale Residential Development) Act 2021.

Large-scale Residential Developments (LRDs) has replaced the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process.

A large-scale residential development is:

  • A development of 100 or more housing units,
  • Development of student accommodation comprising 200 or more bed spaces,
  • A combination of student accommodation and houses, where the threshold is met for either element.


A new feature of the LRD legislation is that provision is made for up to 30% of the gross floor space of the proposed development to be for other uses, instead of the 15% cap under the SHD arrangements.

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