City Council must not grant permission for smaller co-living units

21 August 2019

Labour Party Councillor for the South East Inner City, Kevin Donoghue has today submitted a motion to Dublin City Council opposing Co-Living units being delivered under the minimum 12m/sq established in the Fine Gael guidelines.

The motion was submitted following reports at the weekend that a developer had made a request to Dublin City Council to be shown flexibility on the size of units.

Cllr Donoghue said:

“The idea of co-living in Ireland is barely in its infancy and we are already seeing developers trying to bring units to market well below the minimum standard. This is what happens when you allow developers to be at the centre of tackling the housing crisis. We have to call out these developer led efforts to undermine our planning system even further.

“The motion calls on the Planning Department in Dublin City Council to abide by the minimum standards set down by the Minister and refuse any application under 12  m/sq.

“An oversupply of co-living units is detrimental to the development of sustainable communities and applications to build under the minimum requirements contradict any claim that those developing these units are motivated by anything other than greed.

“What Dublin City needs is a supply of apartments and housing, at suitable densities and sizes to support a range of family sizes. Unfortunately the approach that Minister Murphy has pursued is resulting in a glut of tiny units for student accommodation and co-living units in the city centre.”


The text of the motion reads as follows:

That this council notes that a recent request by developers to allow for delivery of co-living units under the minimum 12 m/sq outlined in planning guidelines.

This council is wholly opposed to any such request and calls on the Planning Department of Dublin City Council to be cognisent of the Minister’s guidelines on co-living.

There should be no co-living units below the guidelines. Additionally we need to ensure that there is not an over-supply of co-living units in the city as it would be detrimental to the development of sustainable communities.


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