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Green light for Dublin shopping centre demolition to make way for student beds

Words: Roger Milne
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An Bord Pleanála has approved the demolition of the Park Shopping Centre in Stoneybatter in Dublin to make way for a major residential development, including almost 600 student bed spaces as well as a new district shopping centre.

The permission means the owners of the shopping centre can develop two large apartment blocks up to eight storeys in height, which will provide 578 student bed spaces and 29 build-to-rent flats, as well as a shopping centre with a supermarket, two cafés/restaurants and 11 other retail units.

The proposals to redevelop the 1.2-hectare site on Prussia Street was approved under the fast-track regime.

The plans also provide for a new pedestrian and cycle path connecting Prussia Street with the Technical University Dublin campus at Grangegorman.

Dublin City Council supported the redevelopment of the shopping centre and claimed the overall plans were acceptable but argued that further tree planting and greening of the Prussia Street area was required.

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