Words: Dylan Murphy
Despite now being prohibited, a number of developers got their applications in for the units before the ban came into place.
According to Freedom of Information figures, 1491 co-living units have been given the go-ahead
It comes after co-living spaces were banned by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien at the tail end of 2020.
Ahead of the implementation of the ban, a number of developers got their applications in and the figures highlighted also do not include developments that were fast-tracked to An Bord Pleanála through the Strategic Housing Development Scheme.
Speaking on the issue, Sinn Féin TD and housing spokesman, Eoin Ó Broin said:
“Unfortunately there are another 1,000 co-living bed spaces still in the planning process.”
“Seven applications were submitted between the time Darragh O’Brien became minister and when he eventually introduced his ban on the 22nd of December”.
The news comes after it was revealed last year that co-living spaces were to be banned.
More recently, plans were shared for a co-living space at Hendron’s at Broadstone that would use thermal cameras to monitor resident’s temperature.
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