I will be calling for the rejection of the proposed co-living development at Brady’s Pub by An Bord Pleanála.
This site already has permission from Fingal Council and An Bord Pleanála for a substantial number of apartments, but instead the developer wants to squeeze in 210 bed spaces with a new proposal to An Bord Pleanála. These will be so small that they hardly deserve to be called bed sits. By any standard the proposal amounts to over-development on this site and would be totally out of keeping with the surrounding area.
This is a direct result of the Government’s legislation which allows developers to bypass the Council and seek permission directly from An Bord Pleanála for strategic housing developments of more than 150 units. Co-living developments simply prevent the building of real homes for Dublin 15. It is fundamentally wrong and misguided to suggest that substandard housing of this kind will solve the housing crisis. This development is all about maximising profit at the expense of decent housing and planning.
A website has been created to allow residents to inspect/review the application – www.bartrablanchardstownshd.com. Any resident can inspect the application until 23rd October and for a fee of €20, make a submission or observation in writing to An Bord Pleanála.
I will be working closely with Cllr. Mary McCamley and Cllr. John Walsh to represent the concerns of the local community, and I encourage anyone with similar worries about this co-living proposal to contact my office. Going forward, I will continue to be the tireless champion of quality planning that enhances our community.