We are seeking support from surrounding neighbours and beyond, as we find ourselves once again having to fund and challenge An Bord Pleanála’s decision, under the Strategic Housing Development, to approve a large 186 unit co-living development on the site of the former Brady’s Castleknock Inn.
We, as a small community, join the voices of many communities and concerned citizens across Ireland in expressing our objection to the glaring democratic deficit in the current planning process. Not solely a co-living problem, the current planning process , unless challenged by individual cases such as ours, will result in the wrong housing being built in the wrong areas, and priced at the wrong prices - at an enormous future environmental and social cost.
Our small community group successfully challenged a highly controversial application by Bartra Capital – which was approved by An Bord Pleanála in contradiction to their own inspector’s recommendation– in June 2020. Yet – incredulously - in a climate where our Minister for Housing has cited his belief that “inappropriate locations away from the core city centre have undermind the concept” of co-living, we find ourselves once again having to fund and challenge An Bord Pleanála’s decision to allow this co-living development to go ahead.
We have been left with no option but to challenge the Board’s decision, and fund a judicial review. This is a mammoth financial challenge – we have raised just under €40,000 (50%) of the projected required funding to date – but we now need YOUR help. As a community – and as a nation – we now face a situation where there is no longer any over-riding vision of how we want our suburbs, cities, towns, villages – our communities - to look and function.
We must have our voice heard – and together we are stronger.
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