Dublin City Council refuses 120-bed student accommodation

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Dublin City Council has refused planning permission for a 120 bed student accommodation development for Convent Avenue in Dublin 3.

Earlier this year, Kilcarne Estates Ltd filed plans for the two six-storey buildings to house the accommodation.

The scheme – adjacent to the entrance to St Vincent’s Hospital in Fairview – is made up of 18 student apartments, consisting of eight six-bed units, eight seven-bed units and two eight-bed units.

A planning report filed by Hughes Planning and Development Consultants said the program is located close to third-tier institutions such as DCU, Marino Institute of Education and DCU St Patrick’s “and will be of significant benefit to those campuses offering high quality accommodation.”

Vacant site

The site is currently occupied by a vacant warehouse and planning consultants say the current use represents an underuse of a zoned and serviced site.

Hughes Planning and Development Consultants further stated that the scheme “will reduce the number of students benefiting from rental units and digs, by providing units designed for their educational development”.

Dublin City Council refused permission on a number of grounds. It concluded that the proposed student accommodation provided an insufficient amount of suitable and usable indoor and outdoor communal and leisure facilities to serve the 120-bed scheme, thereby compromising the amenity of future occupants of the accommodation.

The council also concluded that the proposal would adversely affect the residential amenities of existing residents and potential occupants due to towering and overhanging impacts.

He said the project would harm nearby property amenities.

Local residents claimed that the project would eclipse and tower over existing one- and two-story residential homes due to its excessive height and scale.

Residents also claimed that the adjacent homes on Richmond Lodge and Convent Avenue would be severely impacted, including those residents’ privacy.

Promoters have the option of appealing the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

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