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Fast-tracked capital co-living scheme gets thumbs down

Words: Roger Milne
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An Bord Pleanála has turned down fast-track proposals for a co-living scheme at the Hendron’s Building, a modernist protected structure in Broadstone, Dublin.

Western Way Developments Ltd wanted to build a 280-bed shared accommodation scheme in blocks up to nine storeys high incorporating the 1940s Hendron’s factory.

This former industrial building on Western Way is one of the few modernist buildings on the city’s Record of Protected Structures.

In late November last year, housing and planning minister Darragh O’Brien announced a de facto ban on all new co-living developments where shared kitchen and living facilities serve multiple en suite rooms. However, the ban was not signed into law until 22 December, and the developer lodged the application with An Bord Pleanála in the intervening period.

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