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Politicians Object to New Plans

Posted by Richard Ward

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Sinn Fein leader, Mary Lou McDonald has weighed in on plans to build a new co-living scheme in Dublin's Northside.

Those against the development claim it would be intolerable for planning permission to be granted for the 321 unit shared co-living scheme on the site of the Phibsborough shopping centre.

The developers lodged their fast-track plans for the redevelopment of the shopping complex with An Bord Pleanala at the end of last year. The application was lodged just 11 days before Minister for Housing, Daragh O'Brien TD signed into law a ban on further shared co-living schemes.

The owners of the site, MM Capital, already has planning permission for a EUR 50 million student development at the site and the new plans will increase the potential building height by a further two metres.

Deputy McDonald argues that co-living developments drive up the cost of land, making standard residential development in Dublin even more unaffordable. McDonald is just one of a number of local politicians objecting to the scheme.

Green Party deputy, Neasa Hourigan, suggests such a development serves the needs of temporary residents over those that already live in the community or those wishing to put down roots.

Those behind the scheme suggest that the project will ensure the effective and efficient use of an under-utilised urban site.

A decision on the plans is due by 12 April.