Report plans to deal with influx of 12,000 into Grangegorman
Up to 3,600 students will be looking for accommodation in Grangegorman once the new DIT campus is fully up and running in 2022.
But draft plans are already in place to deal with the impact of their arrival on the community.
A 30-page report into what is known as “studentification” has been prepared for the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA), which is overseeing the project.
The report makes a number of recommendations to best prepare for the changes that the influx of students will bring.
“Published research has shown that there are positive and negative impacts associated with the over-concentration of social groups such as students in an area,” it says.
The campus opened last September, and while there are currently 1,100 students on site, 7,500 will be there by 2017 and 12,000 by 2022, by which time 3,600 of them will need accommodation in the area.
It is understood that there could be up to 2,000 student beds on campus by 2022.
One recommendation made in the report is aimed at ensuring the upkeep of property in the area.
“Investigate the development of an accreditation scheme for landlords to ensure that the upkeep and general appearance of student houses is maintained and kept to a high standard,” it says.
“Incorporate a code of practice for landlords in order for them to be an accredited.”
Labour TD Joe Costello, who is a member of the liaison committee and the consultative council for the GDA, said the
report is aimed at maintaining the “vibrant” community that already exists in and around Grangegorman.
“The real concern is that landlords would begin snapping up available houses and turning them into rented accommodation and undermining the residential area surrounding DIT Grangegorman, because at present it’s quite a vibrant community,” he said.
The agency, he added, is “seeking to regulate the accommodation provision in the area”.