UCD and UCC apply to fast track student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) and University College Cork (UCC) are among applications made directly to An Bórd Pleanála in a new fast-track planning system, as reported by The Irish Times. Three fast-track planning applications for student accommodation are currently active in Dublin and Cork …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 16 January]

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UCD €300m student housing scheme gets the go-ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A €300 million on-campus accommodation complex at University College Dublin (UCD) has become the first development approved by An Bord Pleanála under the new ‘fast-track’ planning process. However the board has reduced the amount of student housing sought by the State’s largest university by more than a quarter, bringing the number of beds down from 3,006 to 2,178 …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 12 January]

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Councillors object to Lough apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Five Cork City councillors are set to lodge appeals to An Bord Pleanála against the granting of planning permission for a controversial four-storey block of student apartments overlooking The Lough. The councillors joined around 40 residents at The Lough Community Centre last night, for a meeting held to organise a response to City Hall’s decision to give the go-ahead to developers Lyonshall Ltd for a 324-student apartment block on a site adjacent to the northern end of the popular amenity …” (more)

[Ellie O’Byrne, Evening Echo, 10 January]

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Proposed student accommodation to offer 1,780 beds for students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New proposals for student accommodation have emerged in the Liberties area in Dublin’s inner-city. The proposed plan for the new accommodation would bring the student numbers from 4% to 8% of the population, according to figures put forward by Cairns Homes. The affected area is located within a kilometre of Cairns’ main property proposal on Cork Street, which currently holds 1,499 student beds …” (more)

[Eoin O’Donnell, Trinity News, 21 December]


Planners approve €25m student accommodation near Docks

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

Ireland“Galway City Council has approved plans for a €25 million student accommodation development in the new ‘urban quarter’ at Galway Docks – which will include 345 en suite bedrooms – adjacent to a €104m office project approved last month. Developer Gerry Barrett of Bonham Dock Ltd has been given the go-ahead for the ‘Queen Street Development’ on a three-quarter acre site adjacent to the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church on Victoria Place …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 15 December]

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Student apartment development overlooking The Lough granted permission

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

Ireland“A controverisal student apartment complex overlooking The Lough has been granted planning permission following a redesign to protect views of the city’s northside. Lyonshall Developments had proposed to construct 49 student apartments with some 350 beds on the Bandon Road, prompting a huge outcry from locals leading to protest meetings, marches and numerous planning objections …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Evening Echo, 13 December]

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Concern student building will negatively impact community

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

Ireland“Concerns have been raised about the impact of a 255-bed student development at Victoria Cross. UCC has unveiled plans for a multi-million euro, 255-bed student apartment development at the Crow’s Nest site. The university was recently given approval to lodge their plans through a new fast-track system …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 13 December]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor turns sod on €30 million Student Accommodation Project

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mitchell O’Connor today turned the sod on Oisín House at Trinity College Dublin. The new purpose built student accommodation will comprise 250 bed spaces, disability services, retail units, a health unit, sports and recreation facilities and Estates and Facilities support space once complete …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 December]

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255-bed build proposed for UCC site

Posted in Governance and administration on December 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A proposed new UCC student accommodation building — the 255-bed development at Victoria Cross — is set to rise to eight and up 10 storeys, across four linked blocks, on the former western suburban site of the Crow’s Nest bar. UCC, which acquired the assembled Victoria Cross site from a private developer last year, has just now been allowed to submit the multimillion-euro project directly to An Bord Pleanála, after the board ruled it qualified for rapid planning consideration under new strategic housing development (SHD) terms …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 1 December]

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NUIG seeks consortium to develop second phase of student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is progressing its plans for student accommodation. The college has advertised the 1.5 million euro tender contract for a single point design team for Phase 2 of its planned student accommodation in Dangan …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 November]

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Locals stall plans from ‘bad neighbours’ Trinity College to rent student beds to tourists

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

Ireland“More than a dozen residents in south Dublin are trying to block Trinity College from using student apartment blocks as summer accommodation for tourists. The third-level institution lodged a request with Dublin City Council’s planning office earlier this year seeking permission to use three blocks of its Trinity Hall in Dartry for tourism purposes outside of academic term times …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 25 November]

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The Holylands: a manifesto for urban renewal

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

“Since my election in 2014, I’ve devoted a fair bit of time and effort to the challenges faced by the Holylands and its community of settled residents. I won’t rehearse the full and inglorious history of how we arrived here but the experiences that residents have endured are just awful …” (more)

[Emmet McDonough-Brown, Slugger O’Toole, 17 November]

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Students Against Fees Shifts Focus to Housing Crisis

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

Ireland“High rent and Dublin-based Scholars are in the sights of Trinity’s Students Against Fees, after the group formally decided this evening to switch its focus to housing. At its public meeting this evening in the Arts Block, the group decided to address high accommodation costs …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 23 October]

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NUI Galway gets €60m loan for campus development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The European Investment Bank has agreed to lend €60 million to NUI Galway for campus development. It will help fund the construction of new student accommodation and a new building for the College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 October]

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Inside Trinity’s Elite Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When the Global Room announced that Trinity’s Accommodation Office had negotiated exclusive contracts for the newly established student property Kavanagh Court, it felt like a relief for many international students. Trinity had finally seemed to meet the desperate accommodation demand from overseas …” (more)

[Jannik Lorenzen, University Times, 20 October]

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Trinity College granted permission to host tourists during summer

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College has been given permission to host tourists in its students halls during summer time. Despite objections, Dublin City Council approved changes to planning rules which will also mean any third-level student can apply to live in its Halls of Residence …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 19 October]

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The crisis in student accommodation continues

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

Ireland“It goes without saying that students who are not from Dublin or the surrounding area must avail of student accommodation if they want to attend DCU or any other university in Dublin such as UCD or Trinity. This necessity is already over-priced, but are the living conditions students receive worth the extremely high amount charged? For some people yes, but for many students this is not the case …” (more)

[The College View, 18 October]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

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

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Students Against Fees Considers Expanding Campaign to Housing

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Students Against Fees campaign group will consider expanding its campaign to include housing, in light of the housing crisis. A public, student-led meeting will be held on campus in the next few weeks appealing to students to get involved in the campaign against fees …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 October]

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UCC plans €350m investment to increase campus space by 20%

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

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) hopes to expand its campus space by 20 per cent in the next five years as part of a €350 million investment programme. The plan will create 500 new construction jobs, and is part of a wider strategy by the college to grow student numbers to 23,000 by 2022 …” (more)

[Peter Hamilton, Irish Times, 26 September]

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