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Developers request ‘flexibility’ to reduce co-living unit

Documents filed by the Israeli-based developers show that several rooms in the Dublin scheme will not meet the minimum size guidelines, or will barely hit the 12 square metre limit

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
18th August, 2019

The Israeli-based developers planning a new shared living scheme in Dublin have asked the city council to allow them to include one room of 6.3 square metres in size, another of 7.5 square metres, and a third of 9.7 square metres.

Planning guidelines for shared and co-living developments state that each single-occupancy room should be at least 12 square metres in size, including an en suite facility.

However, Ireland Israel Jv Fund Limited and Martin Property Consultants, which have lodged plans for 61 shared living spaces on a site in Harold’s Cross previously approved for apartments, have asked for “a degree of flexibility” on room sizes.

Documents filed by the developers show that several rooms in the scheme will not meet the minimum size guidelines, or will barely hit the 12 square metre limit. As well as the ones detailed above, another five are just above the existing size requirement. The majority of the units will be 18 square metres, which is the requirement for a double occupancy room. The files also show two kitchen and dining spaces would not meet size requirements.

The developers state that they should be given “a degree of flexibility” in terms of room sizes because they plan to re-purpose an existing building.

This is the second time the firm has applied to build the Harold’s Cross shared living block. The first application was ruled invalid.

Dublin City Council noted the size of one room was omitted from the first application. In the second application, which is still subject to planning permission, the size of that room omitted from initial plans was clarified by the developers as 9 square metres.

A spokeswoman for the tenants’ rights group Threshold said the scale of the bedrooms is not what potential occupants of shared living want. She said policy makers should offer a better long-term accommodation solution to single people than small, one-bed units.

Ireland Israel JV Fund Limited is ultimately owned by Yoel Glinanski, who is based in Tel Aviv.

The Harold’s Cross block is modelled on The Collective’s Old Oak shared living scheme in London.

The British co-living developer has just expanded to Ireland, but is not involved in this development.

Bartra Capital recently received permission to build a 208-unit shared living scheme in Dún Laoghaire. Multitrillion-dollar fund BlackRock also secured clearance to convert 599 bedspaces at Point Village – built as part of a student accommodation scheme – into shared living units on a temporary basis.

The Sunday Business Post contacted the Harold’s Cross developers for comment, but had not received a response at the time of publication.

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