Student accommodation proposal on Naas Rd rejected by DCC

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin City Council has refused planning permission for a 941-bed-space student accommodation scheme on the Naas Road.

The application from developer Malclose Ltd comprised a part 15-storey block and a part 11-storey block, to deliver 871 standard rooms, 47 accessible studio rooms and 23 studios, all to cater for student accommodation with a view to servicing Ballyfermot College, Tallaght Campus of TUD and of course, city centre facilities.

Citing excellent Luas links, the developer further proposed the units could be used as short term lets during college holiday periods.

Located at Carriglea Business Park on a site at Gowan House, members of DCC however, decided the scheme failed to satisfy the principle of a ‘15-minute city’, and was not of benefit to the wider community.

Malclose sought a seven-year planning permission in anticipation of a High Court judicial review which can often cause a final legal decision to be made, often up to two/three years before the courts.

Consultants Thornton O’Connor Town Planning, argued the site was ideal location for student accommodation owing to its close location to the Luas line.

But Cllr Daithí Doolan (SF for Drimnagh-Ballyfermot) said: “The proposed development was driven by profit and profit only. This city needs developments that meet the housing needs of the Dublin people. We need social and real affordable housing. 

“We need to ensure that whatever is planned for this site contributes to the community and actually provides housing to those who need it the most.”

DCC members concurred that the application had no local residential provision, and also felt a student accommodation campus should not be located within an industrial estate, and that the proposed development was too far from any of the afore-mentioned facilities.

Furthermore, it was rejected on visual grounds, claiming the proposed development was “overly dominant, and would appear overbearing and incongruous on the streetscape”.  Having failed to “align with the principle of a 15-minute city”, it was not an appropriate location for a student accommodation of this size, with limited services and amenities, and also, it did not include any residential provision or benefit to the local community. 

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