An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for a multimillion-euro upgrade of one of Ireland’s newest universities.
The state’s planning appeals body has given the go-ahead for a 283-bed student campus along with 127 residential homes and apartments to be built near grounds at Athlone’s New Technological University of Shannon (TUS).
The third-level institute was, together with Limerick IT, merged last October to form Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, the state’s third technological university to be formally established.
The plans were lodged last August by former Athlone Institute of Technology student and Longford developer Mark Cunningham. The chartered engineer applied under the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) provision to build at Lissywollen, Athlone, Co Westmeath.
The development site, otherwise known as the Green Quarter, fronts to the Old Rail Trail Cycleway where connectivity to the new technological university and the Athlone Town Center for students and residents is proposed.
SHD legislation was introduced in 2016. It allowed developers to apply directly to An Bord Pleanála for at least 100 units or student housing developments involving 200 beds or more.