So here’s some good news on the housing front. UCD has got fast track planning approval for just over 2000 beds on its campus accomodation - that’s probably going to release about 800 apartments or 400 house shares onto the market. The problem is that despite the fast track scheme the NIMBYs managed to reduce this from the initial proposal of just over 3000 beds. Apparenely the problem was proximity to the protected structures of Roebuck Castle and Roebuck Glebe -
Roebuck castle is already a student accommodation block and as far as I can see Roebuck Glebe is a house on the other side of Roebuck Castle from the proposed block. These are both between the proposed block and any nearby housing. As far as I can tell you might be able to see this block from the road but on that basis the houses that were built in Roebuck castle grounds (and which probably house many of the residents whose “visual and residential amenities” would be affected by this building) should never have been built. This is something worth getting overheated about - this is part of the solution and it’s already being screwed around with.