Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG)

A LANDMARK hotel at the Stillorgan Road may soon become accommodation for university students.
A recent submission for planning permission to turn the Montrose Hotel into accommodation for university students was lodged with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC), with a decision to be made on the application this month.
If successful, the hotel, which was bought by a consortium of property developers for more than €40 million in 2007 and has been closed since 2010, will be converted into a 190-bed student residence, which would be utilised by nearby UCD students for digs during terms and for short-term visit lets during the summer months.
There are to be 26 blocks of student accommodation units, each containing as many as eight en-suite study bedrooms with shared kitchen, living and dining areas.
The plan also calls for the construction of an additional storey, which would make the building five-storeys tall.
However, according to Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG), there have been dozens of objections made to the proposal by people living in the area.
The objections concentrated mainly on possible anti-social behaviour and noise pollution, and on the proposed number of parking spaces the students would need.
She said: “I would urge them [DLRCC] – and I know they will – to take into consideration the objections of residents.”
Local councillor Jim O’Dea (FG) said: “Montrose Hotel is ideally located for students in Belfield. It is within walking distance of the college, and would involve transport costs.
“At a time when UCD is supposedly considering charging all students and staff for parking on campus, this proposal would help to reduce the demand for parking places in UCD.
“On the negative side, Montrose Hotel bedrooms were never intended to act as self-catering units. There would have to be massive internal changes to suit student needs.
“Naturally, residents living in the vicinity of the Montrose are seriously concerned about the influx of a large number of students into the area.
“I have not got complaints from residents of the area as they are far removed from the Dundrum area.”
Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) said: “I think the proposal makes sense. It is beside UCD and close to the city.”
According to the council: “A planning application was received from Ziggurat (Montrose Ltd) and Lonnegan Trading Company Ltd. Details of the application and the objections received may be viewed on the council’s website/planning section. The decision is due on April 18.”