An Bord Pleanála has granted permission under the Government's temporary fast-track planning system for 828 new homes and hundreds of student bed spaces to be developed across three schemes in Kildare and Dublin.
The largest of the projects will see publicly-listed builder Cairn Homes deliver 320 houses, 142 apartments and 483 student bed spaces on lands it owns at Mariavilla, Moyglare Road and Dunboyne Road, in Maynooth, both in Co Kildare.
In Kildare town, Ballymount Properties has been given the green light by the appeals board to proceed with its plans for the development of 200 houses and 64 apartments on the site of the former Magee Barracks on Hospital Street.
Developer Pat Crean's Crekav Trading GP Ltd, meanwhile, has received approval for the construction of 21 houses and 81 apartments on a site it owns at Church Road and Watson Drive in Killiney in south Co Dublin.
The Strategic Housing Development application system allows developers seeking permission for 100 residential units or more to bypass local authorities and apply directly to An Bord Pleanála instead.
With planning applications for such developments to local authorities typically appealed to An Bord Pleanála, approval can take up to 18 months to secure. The fast-track system sees determinations reduced to a maximum of six months.