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New DIT campus gets go-ahead from council

CITY councillors last night approved the framework for the development of the new €480m Dublin Institute of Technology campus.

The development on the site of the old St Brendan's Psychiatric Campus at Grangegorman in north Dublin would cater for about 20,000 DIT students who are at present spread across 22 different colleges throughout the city.

Councillors at a meeting of the city council voted in favour of the draft planning scheme setting out the site as a strategic development zone.

But the detailed design still has not been agreed. An Taisce and some local residents have objected to buildings which would rise to 16 storeys.

And there may still be financial obstacles ahead as a large part of the finance for the massive project was to have come from the sale of current DIT sites.

The Government gave its approval to the relocation of the college to a new campus at Grangegormanin September 2010.

Irish Independent