Bartra Capital have reviewed An Bord Pleanala’s decision to refuse their Co-Living development at Cookstown. Bartra note that the Bord refused the application inter alia because “significant numbers of individual units sharing a single common living/kitchen area on each floor, would fail to provide an acceptable living environment for future residents”
Commenting on the decision Bartra CEO Mike Flannery said Bartra welcome the Bord’s instructive guidance on what constitutes an acceptable level of common living/kitchen areas. This is the first definitive interpretation of the 2018 Departmental Guidelines.
Bartra is adjusting their scheme designs to align with the Bord’s interpretation and is incorporating a greater number of kitchen/living areas throughout each of our Co-Living developments.
Bartra’s Cookstown application was the first-ever application in Ireland for this form of accommodation. Co-living is one form of accommodation that can respond to society’s shifting demographics, living patterns, and labour force movement. It is a widely used concept and practice throughout many housing markets including Vienna, London, and New York.
There is currently no accommodation being targeted specifically at single employed people. One-bedroom apartments are the preserve of couples or very high single earners.
Bartra has another Co-Living application currently before An Bord Pleanala in Dun Laoghaire and is hopeful that the Bord will use their useful clarification of the requisite amounts of kitchen/living space to be provided in its decision on this application. These clarifications can be easily incorporated into the current design with minimal effect on the proposed elevations.
Proposals for Co-Living, particularly as submitted in respect of kitchen/living areas were based on extensive market research of future residents preferences commissioned with Behaviour & Attitudes. Bartra remains very positive about the benefits of Co-Living, particularly the positive contribution such accommodation provides in terms of social interaction, positive mental health and smaller environmental footprint.
Bartra look forward to bringing this internationally successful form of accommodation to Ireland and making a positive contribution to the accommodation crisis in Ireland.
Proposals for co-living accommodation, which offers studio rooms with communal facilities, have been welcomed by many sectors and is an exciting choice of accommodation for many workers.
Co-living developments are aimed at young professionals, such as those moving to Ireland from abroad, and are one of the Government’s many responses to the housing crisis.