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Dublin Scheme in Councillors Hands

Posted by Richard Ward in

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Dublin city councillors could end up blocking plans to build a seven-storey block of student accommodation beside the new DIT campus at Grangegorman.

NTM Capital is looking to develop the former Nolan Seafoods factory on Rathdown Road into a 289-bed scheme, as well as creating a link to the 444-bed development already under construction on the North Circular Road.

The application has been made directly to An Bord Pleanala under a new fast-track planning processes for large developments that bypasses the local authority decision phase. Whilst the council won't decide the application, it does own some of the land NTM wants to use for the development.

Councillors will be asked to agree to the sale of the land, if the development is granted planning permission by the board. However, councillors have raised concerns over the concentration of student accommodation in the area since DIT began moving students to the site.

There are added concerns that new student blocks being built are unaffordable, with students unlikely to leave cheaper local accommodation.

The board is expected to issue a decision on the application in the new year.