Permission granted for seven-storey student accommodation in Pennywell

An artist's impression of how the new student accommodation block in Pennywell will look.

LIMERICK may be set to get an additional 122 student bed spaces in a seven-storey block under plans recently granted by Limerick City and County Council.

A&R Supplies Limited had applied to the local authority looking to develop a student accommodation block on the Pennywell Road on the city’s outskirts.

The proposed development is close to the TUS Limerick School of Art and Design on Clare Street.

The development will include the demolishing of an existing showroom and sales building, sheds, and a derelict house and boundary walls on the site to make way for the new development.

The block will contain 19 student apartments with 122 bed spaces arranged over seven storeys.

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The new student development will have a mixture of apartment sizes, ranging from a three-bedroom apartment to four eight-bedroom apartments.

There will also be four five-bedroom units, three six-bed units, and seven seven-bedroom units.

The development was subject to some concern locally, with some seven objections being lodged by locals.

Reasons for the objections included concerns over the height of the new development, worries about potential noise pollution, and the volume of people that the development would bring to the small community.

Despite the number of objections, council planners gave the project the go ahead, subject to 15 conditions.

The conditions concerned the hours that construction can take place on the project, that it only be used as accommodation for students, and that a survey be undertaken on the bat population that live in the area to protect and conserve the species.

The A&R Supplies development is the latest of a number of student accommodation blocks to receive planning permission in the city in recent months.

In July, planning was granted to create 111 student bed spaces at the former Railway Hotel in Parnell Street, however this application has since been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Also in July, the green light was given by An Bord Pleanála for a 202-bed development on the Old Dublin Road.

In August, an approved plan for further student accommodation at Westbourne Student Residences was appealed by Mary Immaculate College.