Decision To Allow Co Living Development Dismantles Responsible Planning

Decision to Allow Co Living Development Dismantles Responsible Planning and Promotes Substandard Housing

Decision Caused by Minister Murphy’s New Planning Rules Which Facilitate Developers

Joan Burton TD criticised the decision of An Bord Pleanála today to allow a large-scale co-living development on the site of Brady’s Pub, Castleknock: ‘This decision is the sad outcome of the new planning guidelines by Minister Eoghan Murphy – these new rules are steadily dismantling high quality, community orientated planning in favour of substandard housing motivated purely by profit. 

Deputy Burton added: ‘The developer is now being allowed to make a financial killing and this will lead to more inappropriate development in suburban areas: Fine Gael seems to be in thrall to developers. Meanwhile the government is on a go slow in providing decent affordable housing for families and single people.’

Cllr John Walsh (Labour, Castleknock), who also objected to the development, said: ‘It beggars belief that Bord Pleanála ignored the report of its own inspector in choosing to give permission to this development. The Government has sidelined responsible planning and has created a developer’s charter – shared living developments of this kind will never create sustainable communities and are entirely inappropriate to a suburban location.’

Walsh added: ‘It is particularly disappointing that Fine Gael have facilitated this kind of substandard, for profit development and now they are weeping crocodile tears when such developments are granted under their own government’s planning legislation. They are repeating the same mistakes as Bertie Ahern at the height of the property bubble.’