View guides

Concerns Raised Over Volume of Newbuilds

Posted by Richard Ward in

Image courtesy of Flickr, Creative Commons

Concerns have been raised over the amount of new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) coming to Dublin.

Developments consisting of more than 200 beds can be fast-tracked under the Strategic Housing Developments Scheme (SHD) and applications have increased since it was introduced three years ago.

However, there are now concerns that there is a glut of student accommodation in the north inner city, with almost all the developments in residential areas.

Labour Spokesperson for Urban Regeneration, Joe Costello, said: "Much of the accommodation is concentrated around the new Technological University of Dublin in Grangegorman but it extends all across the north inner city."

"A 329-unit development of student accommodation is nearing completion on Montpelier Hill beside the Phoenix Park at one end of the electoral area and a 1,000 unit has planning permission at the Point Depot at the other boundary."

"The concentration means that many settled communities are being suddenly overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of newcomers."

Costello is calling on Dublin City Council to halt any more planning applications for student accommodation in the North Inner City.