'Shoebox' co-living projects 'would be bad for Cork’

'Shoebox' co-living projects 'would be bad for Cork’

“People need to live in homes not shoeboxes” a Cork TD has said after his party published a Bill that would ban co-living.

Sinn Féin’s Thomas Gould said that co-living developments, such as those proposed for Dublin, would be “bad for Cork.” 

Deputy Gould explained that his party’s Bill would repeal an amendment made to the Planning and Development Act which can see the Minister have “power to impose planning guidelines on local authorities despite what was democratically agreed by our local Cork city and county councillors in their development plans.” 

He added that former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy used the power in 2018 to open up space for co-living developments by imposing mandatory planning guidelines on local authorities in relation to apartment sizes and standards.

“This Bill repeals these mandatory guidelines related to co-living and build to rent.

“Co-living is a bad form of housing.

“It is not a solution to the crisis in terms of the availability of affordable accommodation for young people in our city.

“No one should be expected to live in 12sqm of space - a car parking space - and pay €1,300 per month for the privilege,” Deputy Gould said.

“Co-living would be bad for this state and it would be very bad for Cork. We need affordable, good-quality homes that would support and enhance local communities.

“Cork is a rapidly expanding city and our focus needs to be on maintaining and improving quality of life for both old and new communities. We do not need to be cramming as many people as possible into as small a space as possible,” Deputy Gould concluded.

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