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First fast-tracked major housing scheme part-approved by An Bord Pleanála

Words: Roger Milne
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An Bord Pleanála has determined the first application decided under the new fast-track regime for major housing and student accommodation schemes.

It involved a three-phase student project proposed by University College Dublin for its Belfield campus in Dublin 4. The first two phases – totalling 2,118 bed spaces – have been approved.

The planning agency concluded that those phases of the proposed development would be “in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”.

But the third phase of the project – involving nearly 900 bed spaces – was refused because of its impact on nearby protected sites, Roebuck Castle and Roebuck Glebe.

The decision was made just inside the 16-week statutory period, which included both public and pre-application consultation.

As of this week, An Bord Pleanála is considering a total of 14 applications for so-called Strategic Housing Developments totalling more than 5,500 houses, flats and student bed-spaces.

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