Trinity College will file plans for 358-unit student housing

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Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) has announced plans to submit new plans for an eight-storey, 358-unit student accommodation scheme for Dartry in Dublin 6.

An Bord Pleanála had previously given Trinity the go-ahead for the program at Trinity Hall in August 2020 despite complaints from local residents about allegations of late-night and drunken behavior by students.

However, after a local resident, Patricia Kenny of Temple Road, Dartry, challenged the decision in the High Court, the appeal board consented in February last year to the High Court quashing the permit. build and an order for costs in the case.

Plan

Today, nearly two years after the initial plan was first filed, Trinity announced that it will resubmit ‘fast track’ plans for the student program in the coming days with An Bord Pleanála.

“Many Trinity students are currently competing with tenants for increasingly scarce affordable rental accommodation in Dublin,” a Trinity College spokeswoman said on Tuesday:

“This proposed expansion of Trinity’s supply of student accommodation in Dartry would free up the equivalent of approximately 100 rental units that students would otherwise need,” she said.

The tabling of the housing development strategic plan is expected to relaunch the planning line, with a number of locals strongly opposed to the project. This is the demolition of Cunningham House and a sports hall to be replaced by four blocks connected in a rectangular plan with one block reaching eight storeys in height.

The previous plan faced opposition from a number of local residents who alleged that drunk students leaving the existing student residence urinate, vomit, scream and scream.

Scheme

In response to the earlier scheme, Temple Road residents Dartry, Martin and Mary Thornton alleged that the students’ “drunken and disorderly behavior including singing and shouting loudly, drinking and urinating in public, breaking glass bottles and walk in the middle of the road with complete disregard for their own safety or that of others”.

However, the council inspector handling the case, Lorraine Dockery, said “many issues raised regarding anti-social behaviour/disturbance/littering in the public domain fall within the purview of An Garda Síochána and do not not of this planning. application”.

“Trinity Hall management has extensive experience in managing the existing complex and I am confident that the issue of student management can be adequately addressed through terms and conditions,” she said.

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