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Fast-track co-living scheme makes the grade in Dublin 8

Words: Roger Milne
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Fast-track proposals for a part 19-storey flats complex and co-living scheme at the site of the former Player Wills factory in Dublin 8 have been given the green light by An Bord Pleanála.

The development by US property group Hines is among the first co-living schemes approved by the board since housing and local government minister Darragh O’Brien moved to outlaw their construction.

The application was submitted just days before the de facto ban on co-living developments came into force.

An Bord Pleanála has given permission for 732 flats on the site, incorporating the old cigarette factory building. A third of the flats will be co-living units. The development includes four blocks, one of which will be 19 storeys high.

The proposal for the three-hectare site involves the demolition of all buildings on site excluding the original fabric of the factory, which will be extended from four to eight storeys in height. Two new public parks are included in the proposals, which represent the second phase of the significant urban regeneration of a large brownfield site.

The planning application faced strong local opposition with more than 180 submissions lodged and An Bord Pleanála objecting to the scheme.

However, Dublin City Council told the board the development was acceptable and would comply with the capital’s development objectives.

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