Co-living plan for Castleknock taken to High Court by student

by Sylvia Pownall

A student who lives across the road from the site of a proposed shared living scheme in Castleknock has taken a legal challenge in the High Court.

Barry O’Lone cites lack of car parking among his objections to the controversial co-living development at the site of Brady’s Castleknock Inn.

There was significant local opposition to plans for a 198-unit, build-to-rent scheme that got the go-ahead from An Bord Pleanala in January.

Bartra Property Ltd got the go-ahead for the development, which will contain 210 beds and two car park spaces, on the site of the pub on the Old Navan Road.

Brady’s is currently still operating as a pub, but would be demolished to make way for this project, the court heard.

Mr O’Lone submits he is concerned that with only two car park spaces, the development will cause “a severe strain on the area” with regard to car parking.

While the O’Lone home has a driveway, they also avail of the current on-street parking outside the house, as do visitors, he says in an affidavit.

He also says the residential amenity and value of their home will be adversely affected.

He was last week granted leave in the High Court to seek to quash the board’s decision granting planning permission.

The matter is due before the court in May.

Mr O’Lone also claims that guidelines for new apartments specify that shared accommodation is suited to city centre and core urban locations only.

He says these guidelines do not apply at the Brady’s site which is within a “suburban” area.

He argues that the board erred in holding that the existence of Blanchardstown Hospital justified granting permission as it is “remote from the site” and there is not any proper and/or safe means of accessing it by bike or foot.

Local residents united in their opposition to the development and last month called on Fingal County Council to take a legal challenge against it.

A letter on behalf of residents of Talbot Court, Talbot Downs, Old Navan Road and Woodpark was sent to the local authority urging its support in blocking the scheme.

Politicians also branded the decision to allow it go ahead as “an outrage”.

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