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Major Student Accommodation Development Approved in Dublin

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Developers have been given the go ahead to build a major student housing scheme on one of northside's landmark shopping centres.

Dublin City Council planners have granted permission to build 500 student apartments above the shopping centre, which will primarily cater for students attending the DIT Grangegorman campus.

The 1984-built centre, opposite the site of a former cattle market off the North Circular Road, adjoins part of the DIT Grangegorman campus.

It's hoped the Dublin Institute of Technology will transform the fortunes of the inner-city close to Smithfield. The first new building constructed on the Grangegorman campus was opened in March this year and will be home to the institution's postgraduate researches as well as those looking to commercialise their research.

In total by the end of 2017 the campus will accommodate around 10,000 students. These numbers are expected to swell to around 20,000 upon completion in 2020.

Under the proposals, Park Shopping Centre will be demolished and re-built to include a new shopping centre as well as student accommodation. Tesco will also remain as anchor tenants.

Despite the application ultimately being approved, locals had raised concerns with the loss of privacy as well as noise during construction, and the scale and volume of the development.