Sinn Féin has accused the Government of extending the time developers have to submit planning applications under the Strategic Housing Developments legislation (SHD), which is due to be replaced. Plans are in place to phase out SHD legislation and replace it with the Large-scale Residential Development Bill (LRD), which is due to come into effect on 17 December. The SHD process had been established to allow for quicker decisions on planning applications for developments of 100 housing units or more, or student accommodation or shared accommodation developments of 200 bed spaces or more.
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