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Friday 23 February 2018

930 city homes on way through fast-track process

Developers want to build more than 1,000 homes
Developers want to build more than 1,000 homes

Planning applications for more than 1,000 homes and 3,000 student bed spaces have been lodged with An Bord Pleanala under a fast-track process.

The planning appeals board will decide by next February if almost 930 homes in Dublin, more than 100 in Galway and 3,006 student bed spaces at UCD can go ahead.

The move comes after new legislation introduced in July allowed for hous- ing developments of more than 100 residential units and more than 200 stud- ent bed spaces to be made directly to the board, bypassing local author- ities.

Apartments

New figures from the board show that 22 valid requests for pre-applications have been made, with three formally lodged.

The 22 requests relate to proposed developments across the country, and include provision for up to 3,559 houses, 2,389 apartments and 4,978 student bed spaces.

Following a pre-appli- cation meeting, An Bord Pleanala issues an opinion as to whether the applications can proceed, or whether they require amendment.

Eleven opinions have been issued.

The applications lodged include one for 3,006 student bed spaces in UCD, which will be decided by January 19.

If approved, the accommodation will be laid out in seven blocks of up to 10 storeys.

Permission has also been sought for 365 houses and 562 apartments at Clay Farm in Ballyogan, Dublin, which will be decided by January 22.

The third application relates to 113 houses at Truskey East in Barna, Co Galway, which will be decided by February 20.

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