Bartra refutes charge of ‘poor standard’ housing

06/01/2019

Richard Barrett’s Bartra Capital has appealed to An Bord Pleanala against a decision to reject its plans for 105 new units in south Dublin city.

The investment vehicle has applied to build a new shared living development on the Ardee Road in Rathmines.

Shared living was accounted for in recent changes to apartment guidelines by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. It bridges the gap between apartments and student accommodation. Occupants have their own en suite but have to share a communal kitchen and living area.

Dublin City Council rejected Bartra’s plans as it claimed it constituted an “over-development” of the site. The council also said that the proposed development would exceed height restrictions in the area and that the proposed bedroom units would have provided a “poor standard of residential accommodation”.

In its appeal, Bartra said that changes to height restrictions introduced by Murphy last month meant that concerns around the height of the development were no longer relevant. The developer also said that it was “strongly of the opinion” that the development provides the “greatest quality to the resident” and that it was 35.4pc larger than minimum standards.

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