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€486m college community is given go-ahead

A €486m campus for 22,000 DIT students at Grangegorman has been given the go-ahead.

Dublin city councillors approved the campus at a meeting last night.

The ambitious plan for an "urban quarter" at Grangegorman will include nursing homes, cultural buildings and a primary school, as well as providing a campus for DIT students.

Councillors said there was a "strong need" for community facilities and that the Grangegorman site would be an ideal location for cultural amenities.

Council officials said facilities such as museums, a concert hall and art galleries are also being encouraged for the site.

Proposed educational facilities would include performance venues and exhibition sites.

Cllr Christy Burke (Ind) highlighted the need to provide healthcare facilities such as nursing homes.

Council manager John Tierney said he would have "no objection to the inclusion of nursing homes as a possible facility" because they would be compatible with other medical facilities on the site.

The site will include mental health facilities and a primary school that would cater to an estimated 400 students.

However, council officials said the highlight of the site would be the fact that it will accommodate 22 of the 27 DIT buildings in the capital.







Concerns

It is understood the student campus will have an estimated 2000 beds on site and will cater to an estimated 15pc of full-time students.

However, in an attempt to curb noise level concerns raised by locals, student accommodation and other buildings will be at least 50 metres from the neighbouring Grangegorman villas.

It was highlighted that buildings near the villas would only be used for "office or academic use".

Council officials said development of the site would create 450 full-time construction jobs.

Some 1,000 jobs would be provided on completion of the site. The plan has been on public display over recent months.

Council officials said they are "confident" that all issues highlighted by councillors and the public will be met.

However, the site is likely to be subject to an appeal by An Bord Pleanala, unless the construction of tall buildings is resolved.

Residents objected to plans that would allow buildings up to 16 storeys high, which would be visible from the city centre.

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