Concern at plan for multi-storey Limerick student complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Concern has been expressed over plans to construct a multi-storey student accommodation development in the city. Despite An Bord Pleanala rejecting plans for a similar development last year, Cloncarragh Developments has returned with a fresh application. It’s been fast-tracked to An Bord Pleanala, because of the fact more than 100 units are planned …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 25 June]

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Council ‘open space’ motion could thwart plans for student housing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A developer who plans to build student accommodation has complained to the Planning Regulator after a move by county councillors that could thwart the development of a site in south Dublin. Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul has defended the rezoning of part of the site near UCD, at Goatstown, Dublin 14, for open space and points out that the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) recently said that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council had too much residential zoned land …” (more)

[Donal Buckley, Independent, 26 May]

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Ten-storey student apartment block planned for Cork’s Victoria Cross

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Planning sought for €31m development of 40 student apartments, ranging in size from single-bed studio apartments to eight-bed apartments, comprising 243 bed spaces …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 6 May]

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UCC redevelopment plans to double size of Tyndall institute and build bridge across River Lee

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has lodged a planning application to double the size of the Tyndall National Institute by redeveloping a major site on Cork’s North Mall and building a new bridge crossing the River Lee. The university said the planned new research centre will allow Tyndall to rapidly transition from research into prototyping and manufacturing of various technologies …” (more)

[Alan Healy, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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Planning Lodged For An Expansion Of The Tyndall National Institute Facilities On The North Mall

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The investment will result in a doubling of researcher numbers at Tyndall to over 1,000 in the coming years. UCC has lodged a planning application with the City Council for an expansion of the Tyndall National Institute facilities on the North Mall …” (more)

[Red FM, 23 April]

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An Bord Pleanála ruling clears way for €48m UCD building inspired by the Giant’s Causeway

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin has received planning approval for works which will facilitate a major expansion of its Belfield campus, including a €48m ’tilting towers’ landmark building at its main entrance on the N11 …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh,, 6 April]

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An Bord Pleanala makes decision on Limerick student halls project

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to a multi-storey student complex in the shadow of Thomond Park. The national appeals body rejected the recommendation of its own inspector in order to approve the multi-million euro project, which will see the former Hassett’s Bar – closed for a decade – demolished …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 30 March]

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Ministers lodge objections to 698-bed student accommodation in Goatstown

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Two Government Ministers are supporting locals’ objections to plans for a 698-bed student accommodation development across eight blocks in Goatstown in south Dublin. Minister for Tourism and Culture Catherine Martin and Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan have each made submissions to An Bord Pleanála concerning the plan where the blocks range in height from three to seven storeys …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Students are not the problem – fix the rental issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I refer to article of March 3 last by your correspondent Eoin English Residents near UCC fear summer of Magaluf-style parties which outlined the stark reality of life for the residents of Magazine Road and the surrounding areas adjacent to UCC. Both UCC and MTU (formerly CIT) expanded significantly over the years, but little or no provision was made for the additional accommodation requirements of students …” (more)

[Tony Long, Irish Examiner, 19 March]

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Permission granted for almost 20,000 student beds in 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Apartments, powered by student accommodation demand, overtook houses when it came to planning permission being granted for new builds last year, while the green light for new homes overall grew by 13.5%. Central Statistics Office (CSO) data shows planning permissions were granted for more than 26,000 apartments in 2020, compared with about 19,500 in 2019, an increase of just under 34% …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 12 March]

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New Student Accommodation Plans Face Opposition

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Developers have applied for fast-tracked permission to build a new student accommodation facility near UCD. If approved, the facility would consist of eight 7 storey apartment blocks, with space for nearly 700 beds. The proposed onsite facilities for Colbeam residences would include communal kitchens, living and dining rooms along with a gym, library, yoga studio, a film room, study space, common room, and prayer room. A final decision on the application is expected by early June …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 26 February]

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Planning permission withdrawn for Trinity’s 358 new beds

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday, An Bord Pleanála consented to the overturning of planning permission previously given to College for the expansion of Trinity Hall (Halls). The accommodation complex had received the green light by An Bord Pleanála in August for the addition of 358 student beds into the complex, which has been overturned following an appeals case …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 23 February]

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Board approves demolition of Cork’s Kino cinema for student accommodation facility

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The demolition of the former Kino cinema on Cork’s Washington Street is set to go ahead after An Bord Pleanála approved plans for a large student accommodation scheme on the site. However, the proposed €4m five-storey development will also include an art house on the ground floor consisting of a cinema and performing arts space as well as a café/bar …” (more)

[Sean McCarthaigh, Irish Examiner, 12 February]

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Cork City student accommodation plan faces court challenge

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A challenge has been mounted against a decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for a 216-bed student accommodation development in Cork City. The action has been brought by an association that represents local residents, who are opposed to the demolition of an existing structure and the construction of the student housing development consisting of 30 apartments located at Orchard Road in Cork City …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin,, 17 December]

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Trinity College Dublin submits planning for ‘innovation district’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has submitted a planning application for the first phase of an ambitious new €1.1bn ‘innovation district’. The third level institution hopes to kick off its ten-year development plan for a new city district with an ‘innovation hub’ for entrepreneurs, start-ups and large companies, to be operational in early 2022 …” (more)

[Adrian Weckler, Independent, 19 November]

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Setback for NUIG plan to develop two new pitches in Dangan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“There has been a setback to NUIG’s plan to develop two new pitches at lands in Dangan, following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála. The plan for a 3G pitch and a grassed GAA/soccer pitch as well as ball stop fencing and floodlighting received the backing of city planners in September, subject to eight conditions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 15 November]

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Mixed views expressed as development on North Main Street gets the green light

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The news that a mixed-use development on North Main Street has been given the green light has been met with some ambivalence. The street is set for an influx of students in the coming years as a large mixed-use development, which includes student apartments, has been given the green-light …” (more)

[Amy Nolan and Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 4 November]

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Tourists and renters to be permitted in student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Permission has been granted to convert up to 1,600 student accommodation beds across Dublin city into tourist or short-term worker apartments for the current academic year. The decision by Dublin City Council to allow five purpose-built student facilities to be used for holiday or general rental was described by Labour Senator Maire Sherlock as setting a ‘dangerous precedent for co-living by the back door …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 27 October]

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Challenge allowed to planning permission for Trinity Hall expansion

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A complainant seeking to overturn planning permission for 358 student accommodation bed spaces and four staff apartments on a site alongside the Trinity Hall student accommodation complex in Dartry, Dublin. The action is by Patricia Kenny, from nearby Temple Road, Dartry, whose husband James was involved in a 20-year saga of litigation with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) concerning development of student accommodation at Trinity Hall …” (more)

[Tim Healy, Independent, 23 October]

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Green light for large student accommodation development in Cork city

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Permission has been granted for a five storey student accommodation development on Orchard Road in Cork. An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the construction of the development which includes 20 student apartments in three blocks with a total of 216 bed spaces comprising one four-bed apartment, 10 six-bed apartments, and 19 eight-bed apartments …” (more)

[Breda Graham, EchoLive, 22 October]

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