Sunday 20 October 2019

DCU and DIT set for more student housing


DIT college on Cathal Brugha Street
DIT college on Cathal Brugha Street

Michael Cogley

Dublin City University (DCU) and the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) are set to benefit from more than 500 new student beds on the north side of the capital.

DCU has applied to build 214 new student "clusters" at its campus on Griffith Avenue in Glasnevin. The clusters will act as shared spaces for residents. Planning documents have yet to show how many bedrooms will be allocated to each cluster. The university is applying for permission through the fast-track system and expects a decision to be made in early June.

Elsewhere a UK investment fund has received the green light to build hundreds of shared living units near DIT's new Grangegorman campus. While the units are not expressly for students, planners said that they would help relieve the shortfall in the area.

NTM ROI Seed Capital LP, which is managed by NTM Capital, applied to build 289 bedspaces in 47 clusters in the north inner city. Included in the plans are eight-bed apartments that share one cluster. NTM has been closely linked with UK student accommodation management firm Atelier Property Group, which has managed properties that operate under the Ziggurat brand. Ziggurat is best known in Ireland for its work on the Montrose Hotel opposite UCD.

The site sits behind rows of red brick houses along the Rathdown Road in Phibsboro. It is situated on the old Nolan's Seafood site.

Objectors cited the scale of the proposal and insisted that the development would be out of character with the rest of the area.

Residents also suggested that an over-concentration of student accommodation would lead to a population imbalance and that some of the bedspaces could be used as a tourism units outside of the academic calendar.

However, planners insisted the development was not likely to affect the amenity of the largely residential area and that its proximity to Grangegorman was important.

An Bord Pleanala also suggested the proposal was in line with government policy and Dublin City Council's plans.

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