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Councillors Argue Dublin Scheme is Excessive

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Councillors have called plans to add yet more student accommodation to a proposed development as excessive.

The proposed scheme, located beside Grangegorman Technological University Dublin campus, could see more than 40 student beds and a new build-to-rent element added to the development.

Planning permission was granted back in 2017 to demolish the existing shopping centre, replacing it with student accommodation, restaurants, retail units and a medical clinic in blocks of up to six storeys.

The applicant has now submitted fresh plans to add two additional storeys, taking the total number of student beds to 584, whilst also adding 29 built-to-rent apartments.

Planning consultants for the developer said the existing permission had been reviewed in line with recent Government policies and a more integrated mixed-use redevelopment is proposed.

However, councillor Cieran Perry argued the new scheme was excessively dense and the developers were merely seeking to maximise profits.