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Trinity to Resubmit Plans For Dublin 6 Accommodation

Posted by Aisling Murphy

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Plans for a 358-bed student accommodation in Dartry, Dublin 6, were originally submitted by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and approved by An Bord Pleanála in August 2020, despite complaints raised by local residents regarding potential late night noise.

However, in Februrary 2021, after Patricia Kenny of Temple Road, Dartry, a resident local to the proposed scheme, challenged the decision in the High Court, the planning permission was rescinded with the consent of the appeals board.

Now, Trinity has announced plans to resubmit "fast track" plans for the accommodation block. They have said that plans will be lodged with An Bord Pleanála very soon.

A spokeswoman for the university has stated: "Many Trinity students are currently competing with renters for increasingly scarce affordable rental accommodation in Dublin.

"This proposed expansion of Trinity's student housing offering in Dartry would free up the equivalent of approximately 100 rental homes that would otherwise be needed by students".

It is expected that local residents will once again be opposed to the plans, which involve the demolition of Cunningham House and a sports hall, to be replaced by four connected blocks in a rectangular layout, one of which will reach eight storeys in height.

Complaints to the previous plans cited concerns over students' "drunken and disorderly behaviours including singing and screaming at the top of their voices, drinking and urinating in public, smashing glass bottles and walking in the centre of the road with total disregard for their own or others' safety".

Lorraine Dockery, the board inspector in the case, has said that: "Many of the matters raised in relation of anti-social behaviour/disruption/littering within the public realm are a matter for An Garda Síochána, and are outside the remit of this planning application".

She continues, "Trinity Hall management have extensive experience in managing the existing complex and I am satisfied that the issue of student management can be adequately dealt with by means of condition"