Developer challenges ‘misinformation’ on co-living schemes

by Sylvia Pownall

Property developer Bartra Captial is seeking a meeting with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien as he undertakes a review on co-living schemes.

Bartra is challenging what it describes as “sustained misinformed public commentary” about co-living complexes.

Minister O’Brien last year suggested co-living models should be banned during the housing crisis. Since taking up office he has committed to a review of all housing models before making a decision.

Bartra is set to spend €130m on four co-living sites in Dublin at Ballsbridge, Rathmines, Dun Laoghaire and Castleknock.

The D15 project on the old Brady’s pub site has been resubmitted after a first application was rejected in the face of huge local opposition.

So far An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for other co-living schemes, at Eblana Avenue in Dun Laoghaire and in Rathmines.

Bartra’s plan for a 111-bed space co-living development on Merrion Road is facing local opposition due to Covid-19 concerns and issues around neighbours’ privacy.

The company’s CEO Mike Flannery has written to Minister O’Brien asking for a meeting to discuss the “important role” it says co-living can play in the housing market.

The letter adds: “I would also like to challenge the sustained misinformed public commentary that shared living has attracted.”

Dublin Gazette understands that the Minister has not held any meetings with the developer, nor has he any plans to do so. 

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