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Plans for UCD campus expansion on hold over appeal to planning board


UCD campus

UCD campus

UCD campus

Plans by University College Dublin (UCD) for a major expansion of its Belfield campus, including a €48m landmark building, will be placed on hold following an objection by a local resident.

An appeal has been lodged against the decision of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to grant planning permission for enabling works for the first phase of UCD's "Future Campus" project.

The planning application by UCD under appeal seeks approval only for landscaping, the demolition of several buildings, the construction of a new arrival plaza at the university's main gate and a reconfiguration of the internal road network on the campus.

However, the appeal to An Bord Pleanála - on what is one of three concurrent planning applications related to the first phase of the "Future Campus" - will effectively put the entire project on hold for at least four months.

The appellant, Daniel Brennan, claims UCD's entire strategic development plan for the campus should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment. A decision on the appeal is due by November 11.

Meanwhile, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has lodged plans for a new visitor centre for its 'Book of Kells' exhibition and urgent works to its 18th-century Old Library.

A spokeswoman for TCD stated: "The Old Library faces a number of conservation, structural and environmental challenges which need to be urgently addressed in order to safeguard the building and its contents for the next century."

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