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Developer: Richard Barrett who is behind Bartra Capital. Picture: Frank McGrath

Developer: Richard Barrett who is behind Bartra Capital. Picture: Frank McGrath

Developer: Richard Barrett who is behind Bartra Capital. Picture: Frank McGrath

A seven-storey build-to-rent shared living facility in Rathmines rejected by Dublin City Council has been given the go-ahead.

An Bord Pleanála said Richard Barrett's Bartra Capital could go ahead with the construction of the 102-bed development, rejected last September. Mr Barrett's firm was refused permission after the council planner in the case found "objectionable" the level of shared facilities on each floor for the future occupants of the building.

However, the appeals board has ruled that the proposal "would provide an acceptable form of residential amenity for future occupants".

The board also found that the proposal would not seriously injure the residential or visual amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity.

And it has not included a condition proposed by its inspector to omit a number of bedrooms in order to increase communal living areas.

The inspector in the case, Irene McCormack, said in the report that she found the floor area arrangement for the Rathmines development was, as said by the council, "substandard."

"I agree with the planning authority that the layout provides an insufficient number of kitchen/dining areas on each floor, to cater for the potential number of occupants, in particular the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors," she wrote.

Ms McCormack said the matter "can be addressed by way of condition". However, the board did not include the condition in its final order.

The Rathmines shared living facility is the second such Bartra living plan the appeals board has granted permission for. It gave the go-ahead for a shared living plan at Elbana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, last year.

Among objectors to the Rathmines plan was the Rathmines Initiative, which claimed the building height and bulk would have an overbearing impact and the development was too large for the site.

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