Permission granted for Limerick student accommodation development

Computer generated image of the proposed student accommodation development on the Old Dublin Road.

LIMERICK City and County Council has granted planning permission for a large-scale residential development that will provide more than 200 student beds near the University of Limerick.

Planners have approved an application from Killaloe-based Kearock Investments to build 26 apartments, incorporating 202 bed spaces in three multi-storey buildings on the Old Dublin Road.

The tallest structure in the 5,771 square metre development is a five floor block. The development will incorporate a communal lounge, meeting rooms, reception area and laundry.

An additional 1,519 square metres of landscaped open space is included in the scheme which has 16 car parking spaces and 142 bicycle spaces.

In a bid to eliminate traffic congestion, the developers stated that when selecting occupants for the facility, “prospective residents without cars will be given priority.”

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They also told the local authority that outside of the college academic year, the facility could be used for tourist accommodation and summer schools.

Permission was granted under the large scale residential development scheme, a newly introduced fast-track planning process to alleviate the housing crisis.