Four steps to build the best Strategic Housing Development (SHD) planning application website

If you’re applying to An Bord Pleanála for Strategic Housing Development (SHD) planning permission, you’ll need a planning application website that clearly lays out your proposal and all of your official documents to the public.

Many web development agencies claim to offer deals that include creating a website that meets all of An Bord Pleanála’s strict requirements, but faced with this choice, how do you select a development partner you can trust? 

Before you begin your search, it’s crucial to have a solid grasp of the application process, so you can make sure your development partner can achieve these goals. Here are four tips to help you make the right choice.

  1. Review the requirements: Choosing the right web developer for your proposal is crucial, but your presentation day with An Bord Pleanála is just as important. As well as creating a site so the public can evaluate your proposal, you’ll also need to publish your development plans in a newspaper circulated in the local area. It’s crucial that you follow all official guidelines — the key to a successful application is attention to detail. An Bord Pleanála has a comprehensive to-do list for each phase of development here.
  2. Submit the content correctly: A successful proposal needs a website that’s accessible and simple to navigate, so the general public can inspect your proposal and submit observations to An Bord Pleanála. It’s crucial to organise your files alphabetically and present all your documentation logically and transparently, so readers have a streamlined view of your whole application.
  3. Choose the right web development partner: A good developer won’t just create a pre-made website with static features then leave you to it — they’ll breathe life into your project with a design that suits your needs. They must deliver the project quickly, guide you through the An Bord Pleanála specific requirements and be on hand to quickly update your site with content when you need it.
  4. Keep the site live: You must keep your website live for at least eight weeks after An Bord Pleanála’s decision, so the public has enough time to submit observations to the board. During this time, your web development partner should set aside time for essential maintenance, updating content and performing all the vital duties involved in keeping the site live and running smoothly.

At Matrix Internet we offer a bespoke, professional SHD Planning Application Website development programme. We have a wide range of exclusive templates and a highly streamlined process for each stage of the application — and we can have your site ready in less than three weeks. Once your site goes live, our team provides active management and maintenance whenever you need it. Visit our dedicated website to read more about this service, or contact us to see what we can do for you.

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