‘Depopulation’ in city blamed on UCC growth

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor of Cork has hit out at what he calls the ‘disintegration of communities’ caused by the spread of University College Cork. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, said families have been pushed out of residential areas of the south side of the city due to the rise in student accommodation …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 12 June]

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HEA considers container flats for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Converted shipping containers may be used to house hard-pressed college students as the rental sector prepares for an unprecedented crisis in the autumn. The ‘Lego-style’ apartments are already in use in a number of continental cities. Now, given the chronic shortage of suitable accommodation, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), says the use of containers to cater for some students cannot be ruled out …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 4 June]

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With Private Sector Booming, Trinity Rethinks Approach to Securing More Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the need to secure extra accommodation for its students growing and with a sudden influx of private developers building in the city, Trinity is turning its focus away from building new accommodation to getting students rooms in existing developments …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 2 June]

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Trinity Secures Additional 500 Beds for Students in Gardiner St Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has secured almost 500 additional beds for students in a private development in Gardiner St for the next academic year, and has renegotiated a lease for just under 250 beds in the Binary Hub accommodation complex …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 1 June]

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Intake of international students threatened by lack of accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned that Ireland’s focus on attracting increasing numbers of foreign students is threatened by the lack of suitable accommodation. Dr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, said that there was a shortage of accommodation in Dublin and most other large urban areas …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, NewsTalk, 29 May]

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Lough to step up fight against student plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Residents of The Lough will not give up on their fight against a student high-rise in their area, according to local Independent Councillor Paudie Dineen. ‘The Lough area is already absolutely saturated with student accommodation and it’s definitely affecting the quality of life of a lot of people living here’, he said …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 26 May]

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Student unit plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Details of new supported student accommodation in Bishopstown were revealed this week. Cork City Council has acquired seven housing units which will provide 39 bed spaces and ancillary office premises at Bishopsgrove on the Curraheen Road. It will provide a bed for students who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 25 May]

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296 bed student accommodation to be constructed for 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A €43 million contract for the development of a 296 bed student residence was signed earlier today by BAM Ireland and Global Student Accommodation (GSA), and is expected to be completed by September 2018. The residence, Uninest Mill II, will be located in Merchants Quay alongside another 400 bed student residence constructed by GSA …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 24 May]

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Plan for 152-bed Drumcondra student residence rejected

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been refused for a 152-bed student accommodation scheme in Drumcondra in Dublin. The four-storey apartment project was planned for beside the Mater Dei Institute of Education teaching college on Clonliffe Road. The developers sought permisison from Dublin City Council to demolish five existing houses, one of which was a protected structure …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 18 May]

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More student apartments granted permission on Coca-cola site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for more student apartments in Cork. Permission is already in place for a 92 student apartments on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 May]

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200 say no to high-rise student block proposal at Lough protest

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor has hit out at the Diocese of Cork and Ross for selling land to developers who want to build a student high-rise at The Lough, dubbing the move ‘a betrayal’. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, argued that the land in question …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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Students scramble for a place to stay amid soaring rents

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chronic shortage of student accommodation means new units coming on stream next year will cost as much as €920 a month to rent. The number of student bed spaces in the capital has failed to match the rise in student numbers, according to new research from estate agents …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 May]

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Fury over student Lough house plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student developments are suffocating residential areas of the city and choking the life out of once-vibrant parishes and communities, it has been claimed. Residents of The Lough parish have said they are incensed over plans to erect a four storey student apartment block in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 13 May]

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Call to put student housing in Cork City on hold

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There have been calls for a halt on the development of student accommodation in residential areas of Cork City until a coherent planning policy on such projects is adopted. Cllr John Buttimer (FG), who said allowing large-scale student housing in certain residential areas was like ‘ethnic cleansing’ and was ‘choking and suffocating traditional residential communities’, said a temporary ban on planning decisions on these schemes is vital to prevent a ‘developer-led free-for-all’ …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 10 May]

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Developers lodge student apartment plans for Square Deal site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The company behind the planned conversion of the old Square Deal building on Washington Street into student apartments have described the plan as a ‘landmark development in the city centre’. The former furniture shop is a protected structure but will be transformed internally into a 242-bed student apartment block, close the both University College Cork and the city centre …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 8 May]

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Communities ‘ethnically cleansed’ by student housing in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A 348-bed student apartment complex up to five storeys high is set to go ahead in Cork’s western suburbs after councillors voted to materially contravene the city development plan. They voted by a margin of 25-3 for the move following a lengthy debate during last night’s city council meeting, in which the spate of student apartment development in the city was described as a form of ‘ethnic cleansing’ of existing residential communities …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 9 May]

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Student residence developers set to drive forward Dyke Road project

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Developers of student accommodation are set to drive forward the construction of a new concert hall, library headquarters and multi-storey carpark on the Dyke Road. The Galway City Tribune understands that bed spaces for hundreds of students could be provided on the site – which would be linked to the NUI Galway campus by a pedestrian and cycle bridge …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 28 April]

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DCC’s decision on student units defies any logic

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, Dublin City Council sent back two planning applications for student accommodation near the new DIT Grangegorman campus in Dublin 7. Combined, the two private developments would have added about 1,000 new purpose-built student units. In justifying its decision, the council made two interesting – ok, baffling – points …” (more)

[Ronan Lyons, Independent, 24 April]

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‘Student apartments would suck the life out of residential areas’, says Cork councillor

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a spate of student apartments could strangle traditional residential areas of Cork City. The warning comes from Independent councillor Mick Finn after city planners gave conditional planning for a scheme which could accommodate up to 350 students on a site off Magazine Rd. The proposal for almost 50 student apartments near Denroche’s Cross, was cleared despite residents’ and local councillors’ objections …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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‘Stugentrification’: People are concerned about the thousands of student apartments being built in Dublin city

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Tommy Graham has lived in Palmerston Place on the outskirts of Dublin’s north inner city for the past 15 years. As editor of the History Ireland magazine and one of the people behind Historical Walking Tours of Dublin, Graham knows his street and surrounding area well …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 9 April]

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