CITY planners have asked for proof that Dublin suffers from a shortage of student accommodation before deciding on a major new development.
The request was made as part of a proposal to build 100 accommodation units in Dublin 8 capable of housing almost 500 university students.
KSH Europe Holdings lodged an application with Dublin City Council to build the scheme at the Windmill site of the Digital Hub Complex, fronting on to Bonham Street.
It is one of a number of plans in the city to construct new accommodation for students.
As part of its application, KSH said it wants to demolish the existing single-storey warehouse building and provide 493 bed spaces for students.
It is seeking to construct a building with a maximum height of 30.6m to accommodate 51 accommodation units, with the lower ground floor used for a common room, entrance foyer, general office and manager's office.
A second block with a maximum height of 32.3m would accommodate 49 units, with a gym, entrance foyer and other facilities on the ground floor. Each unit would comprise five-bed spaces. But the council has requested further information from KSH before making a ruling on the plan.
The local authority said: "The applicant shall submit documentary evidence – for example, by way of correspondence, from the contacted colleges (DIT, TCD and DCU) – confirming the submitted view that there is an under-supply of student accommodation and their support for the current proposal."
The company now has six months to respond to the request.
Separate applications under consideration recently include a scheme that would see more than 300 high-quality student rooms being built in Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin's Docklands.