Permission granted for 378-bed co-living development
Updated / Thursday, 24 Dec 2020 16:38
Permission has been granted for a 378-bed co-living development in Dublin’s south city centre.
The plan by a company called Alphabet ABC for a development up to seven storeys on Cork Street was opposed by local residents and representatives because of the scale and type of development.
Local Sinn Féin councillor Máire Devine said the decision is “extremely disappointing” and “infuriating” and that local groups will be considering legal options.
“There appears to be little uniformity when decisions on co-living and other unsustainable developments are reached for our city and its communities”.
She said the development will create “tenements of the not so distant future” and she also criticised the release of the decision on Christmas Eve.
An Bord Pleanála had said it would give a decision by 12 January.
The permission given by the planning board as a Strategic Housing Development comes a month after Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien announced a ban on co-living developments.
However, schemes already in the planning system are not affected and its estimated that there are around 1,670 such bed spaces either approved or awaiting planning.
An Bord Pleanála made it a condition of the Cork St scheme that 19 basement units be omitted and that space be given over to additional residential facilities, including bike parking.
The proposed basement units were described by Dublin City Council planners as “substandard” in their submission to the board.
The board also made it a condition that communal facilities be improved.
It also stipulated that the developer will submit the name of the management company, draw up a Shared Living Accommodation Management Plan and that the institutional entity taking over the scheme will remain in ownership for at least 15 years and no individual units may be sold off.