Tom Parlon, from the CFI, says on @TodaySOR that 16.5sqm is a grand size – his office is the same size!
He then goes on to say it “wouldn’t be for me”, but is happy for young people to be forced to stay there.
— Colette Browne (@colettebrowne) May 21, 2019
Bartra Capital’s planned redevelopment of the former CBS school in Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire; Director General of the Construction Industry Federation of Ireland Tom Parlon
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy was speaking at a Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and Department of Housing conference in Dublin when he defended the development of co-living apartment schemes.
These are blocks which allow for people to rent studio rooms – smaller than a disabled car parking space – with communal facilities such as kitchens and laundries.
Planning permission is currently being sought for such apartment in Dun Laoghaire where the rent will be €1,300 a room.
Mr Murphy said the schemes are an “exciting” choice to young workers.
The matter was discussed on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Seán O’Rourke this morning with Tom Parlon, director general of the Construction Industry Federation of Ireland, architect Orla Hegarty and GP and Dublin City councillor Paddy Smyth taking part in the discussion.
Mr Parlon said there is interest among CIF members in constructing these schemes for developers and claimed this is the type of housing people aged 21 to 35 are seeking.
These types of developments are attracting capital, he said.
He added: “It wouldn’t be for me but…I think it’s important that we understand that there’s an absolute niche for this and it is a global trend.”
Ms Hegarty warned if planning permission for these schemes is granted the value of land involved would effectively double and this would make it less economic to build much-needed apartments.
She also said people renting the rooms for €1,300 would have to be earning a lot to pay that and possibly forgo any chance of saving for a deposit.
Ms Hegarty also said that this type of housing is “not a sustainable solution” as the buildings are very “inflexible” for future accommodation.
She added that building these types of apartment blocks could lead to further sprawl and institutionalise students, people who are in their 20s and 30s and elderly people.
Ms Hegarty said when this kind of model is built in other cities “it is regulated and contained”.
She explained: “What has happened here is it being completely deregulated and there’s a proposal [not granted yet] for 700 bed spaces in an industrial estate in Tallaght – 200 of which are within this model. Now that isn’t appropriate development.”
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Previously: Co-Living In Dun Laoghaire