Hines gets permission for nearly 1600 build-to-rent apartments on Clonliffe College site despite local objections – Independent.ie

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for contentious €602m plans for 1,592 build-to-rent apartments on the grounds of Clonliffe College in Drumcondra, Dublin.

he appeals board has granted planning permission for the scheme in spite of the most prominent objector against the proposal, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald stating that if planning is approved, it will only further exacerbate the housing crisis.

Permission was granted under the strategic housing development (SHD) planning rules which allow developments of over 100 units to go straight to the planning board, without applying for permission to the local council. Introduced to increase the volume of housing being built, this system is being phased out early next year.

The Dublin Central TD was one of 120 parties to make submissions on the ‘mega’ build-to-rent scheme proposed by the Irish arm of US property giant Hines.

The vast majority of those to lodge submissions

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