Thursday 19 July 2018

UCD gets go-ahead for student housing

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Paul Melia

Paul Melia

UCD has been granted planning permission for more than 2,100 student bed spaces at its Belfield campus - despite objections from local residents, councillors and Transport Minister Shane Ross.

However, An Bord Pleanála has ruled that not all of its proposed development can go ahead. While permission was granted for 2,118 bed spaces to be developed in two phases, a third phase comprising 888 bed spaces in buildings up to 10 storeys high was refused permission due to its impact on Roebuck Castle, a protected structure.

UCD sought a 10-year permission for 512 student accommodation units, totalling 3,006 bedspaces, a student facilities centre and 994 car-parking spaces on a 12.95-hectare site in Dublin 4.

The decision is the first to be made under a fast-track ­planning process for housing developments of 100 or more units which can be made directly to the planning appeals board.

Among those who made ­submissions included Mr Ross, who welcomed provision of ­student accommodation, but asked that permission be refused due to the building heights and the development's impact on traffic.

However, the board ruled that the bulk of the ­development could go ahead.

Irish Independent

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