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The former Player Wills factory is to be renovated for co-living

The former Player Wills factory is to be renovated for co-living

The former Player Wills factory is to be renovated for co-living

Another plan for a large co-living block has been submitted to planners despite a pledge from Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien to halt such controversial developments.

In co-living developments residents have their own flats but they share facilities such as lounges or kitchens.

Now planners are being asked to approve plans for 240 co-living units along with 492 apartments on the site of the former Player Wills tobacco factory in Dublin 8.

Developers Hines, backed by investors APG, have submitted the proposal directly to An Bord Pleanála under the fast-track strategic housing development (SHD) legislation.

Mr O'Brien, a staunch critic of co-living developments, announced last month he would introduce regulations to stop planners considering any more proposals beyond those already in the system.

Ban

But his ban could not be applied immediately as there had to be a four-week assessment period, which is about to end.

The proposal is the second submitted by Hines and APG for the Player Wills site and adjoining Bailey Gibson site.

The consortium got permission for 440 apartments in September but judicial review proceedings have since been lodged with the High Court.

The second phase includes three new apartment blocks, the highest reaching 19 storeys.

These will contain 445 apartments.

In addition the old factory building, a listed structure, will have 47 flats, 240 co-living units and an amenity space.

Two parks are planned for the sites, one on Dublin City Council lands with the condition it would be handed back to the council once completed.

A third temporary park would be provided beside the local primary school.

This would be kept for expansion of the school, if needed, to meet demand from the development.

Part of the factory building will be offered for public use.

The planning application proposes allocating 852 square metres to a free community space for arts and cultural activities and exhibitions.

A café, bar and restaurant and an internal open air courtyard space will also be available to the general public.

Residents will have their own library, gym, meeting rooms and other facilities.

A third planning application is also being prepared for the combined sites for around 400 more dwellings.

It would bring the number of apartments and co-living units submitted for approval to more than 1,500.


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