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Concern Over Influx Of 4,000 Students To North Inner City Neighbourhood

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Over 4,000 students could be concentrated in one area of the North Inner City if plans for 23 new apartment complexes are approved by Dublin City Council.

Concerns have been raised this week that the Grangegorman area, which is adjacent to Stoneybatter and the North Circular Road, will be “overwhelmed” by students if the developments go ahead.

According to The Irish Times, Dublin City Council has already granted planning permission for over 3,200 student beds close to the new DIT Grangegorman campus and there are plans to construct accommodation for approximately 5,000 other students in the coming years.

A spokesperson for local residents group Blend told the newspaper that while they were not attempting to “bash students”, the concentration of student accommodation across Dublin 1 to Dublin 7 would “change the character of an area” and endanger some local businesses.

It’s projected that 60% of the local community would be made up of students if all the current projects proceed.

You can find a map of all granted and proposed developments here.

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