Councillors call increase in student housing scheme ‘excessive’ – The Irish Times

Plans to increase the amount of student accommodation and add build-to-rent apartments to a proposed development beside the Grangegorman Technological University Dublin (TUD) campus have been criticised by councillors as “excessive” and “opportunistic”.

The owners of the Park Shopping Centre on Prussia Street, adjoining the new TUD campus, are seeking to add more than 40 student accommodation spaces and a new build-to-rent element to an eight-storey scheme close to Hanlon’s Corner in Dublin 7.

Planning permission was granted in 2017 by Dublin City Council for the demolition of the 1980s two-storey shopping centre, anchored by Tesco, and its replacement with a new Tesco store and 541 student beds, along with restaurants, retail units and a medical clinic in blocks of up to six storeys.

The application was made to the council shortly before the introduction of the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) system which allows applications for schemes of more than

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