Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has given notice that it intends to lodge fresh plans for an eight storey 358 unit student accommodation scheme for Dartry in Dublin 6.

An Bord Pleanala previously granted TCD the go-ahead for the student accommodation scheme at Trinity Hall in August 2020 despite local residents' complaints over alleged late night, drunken rowdy behaviour by students.

However, after a local resident, Patricia Kenny of Temple Road, Dartry, challenged the decision in the High Court, the appeals board in February of last year consented to the High Court quashing the planning permission and to a costs order in the case.

Now, after almost two years after first lodging the original plan, TCD has given notice of re-lodging 'fast track’ plans for the student scheme in the coming days with An Bord Pleanala.

"Many Trinity students are currently competing with renters for increasingly scarce affordable rental accommodation in Dublin," a spokeswoman for TCD said today.

"This proposed expansion of Trinity's student housing offering in Dartry would free up the equivalent of approximately 100 rental homes that would otherwise be needed by students," she added.

The re-lodging of the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) plans is set to re-ignite the planning row with a number of locals strongly opposed to the scheme.

The planning notice states that the purpose built student scheme will have a gross floor area of 10,982 sq metres.

The scheme involves the demolition of Cunningham House and a sports hall to be replaced by four connected blocks in a rectangular form with one block reaching to eight storeys in height.

The other three blocks will be four, three and one storey in height.

The core claim in the High Court by Mrs Kenny was that the appears board wrongly treated it as a standalone development rather than one linked to existing accommodation at Trinity Hall in considering whether the development required an environmental impact assessment.

The previous plan was opposed by a number of local residents who alleged that drunken students leaving the existing student residence urinate, vomit, scream and shout.

In response to the previous scheme, residents of Temple Rd, Dartry, Martin and Mary Thornton alleged that the students' "drunken and disorderly behaviours including singing and screaming at the top of their voices, drinking and urinating in public, smashing glass bottles and walking in the centre of the road with total disregard for their own or others’ safety".

The Thorntons told the appeals board that considering "the high concentration of third level students already in this small residential area of Darty, we believe that the proposal to increase student numbers by over a third is totally unacceptable".

However, the board inspector in the base, Lorraine Dockery stated that "many of the matters raised in relation of anti-social behaviour/disruption/littering within the public realm are a matter for An Garda Siochana, outside the remit of this planning application".

"Trinity Hall management have extensive experience in managing the existing complex and I am satisfied that the issue of student management can be adequately dealt with by means of condition," Ms Dockery said.

In granting planning permission for the previous scheme, the appeals board stated that the proposed development "would constitute an acceptable scale of development in this urban location, would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area or of property in the area and would not detract from the character and setting of any protected structure or conservation area".