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Friday 17 August 2018

UCD wants to fast-track plans for thousands of student beds

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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

UCD wants to fast-track planning permission for more than 3,000 student beds under Government measures aimed at ending the housing crisis.

The university has formally signalled its intention to bypass normal procedures by applying directly to An Bord Pleanála for the substantial on-campus development.

Its proposal includes seven apartment blocks ranging in height from five to 10 storeys at a number of land parcels in Belfield, Dublin 4.

However, the project is set to meet with opposition from local representatives who believe their concerns are being ignored.

Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul told the Irish Independent he believes the college's approach is "undemocratic".

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is in the process of developing a Local Area Plan (LAP) for UCD but it's unlikely to come into force for two years.

"I've no problem with student accommodation in UCD. It's a good idea. It'll free up housing in many communities.

"But given this is going to be phased in I don't think they are under any pressure in terms of timescale. We could have started the LAP to do joined-up thinking," Mr Saul said.

The UCD plan includes the demolition of a number of buildings including protected structures and a former chapel.

Irish Independent

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