Co-living developments are to be halted over concerns about the high number of such proposed developments.

Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien said he was concerned that the high number of applications coupled with the high density of the developments would increase land prices.

"By allowing permissions to extract higher units of beds in a single development and combined with the higher than anticipated number of applications this has the potential to have negative repercussions for other development types, such as affordable purchase or cost rental that the Programme for Government is committed to promoting," he said.

Co-living involves residents having their own room and bathroom but sharing kitchen and other communal facilities, some developments envisaging 20 rooms sharing one kitchen.

The idea was a form of niche housing for younger renters wanting to live in the city centre.

However, permission has been given for co-living developments in Dublin in Dún Laoghaire, Castleknock and Rathmines with An Bord Pleanála often overriding local residents' objections.

It is reported that there are 1,670 bed spaces either approved or in the planning system.

Controversial applications have been made for developments near St Michan's Church in Dublin's north inner-city and in The Liberties on the southside, where basement co-living units are being proposed.

Applications already made will not be affected by the ban.

Minister O'Brien told RTÉ's News at One that new guidance will be issued to local authorities "that there would be a presumption to refuse applications for co-living, shared accommodation type developments".

The move will involve amending the 2018 Planning Guidelines, brought in by previous minister for housing Eoghan Murphy, which introduced co-living developments.

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They also relaxed height and density restrictions on housing allowing developers to override local authority development plans.

Mr O'Brien said the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) estimates there will be 16,000-18,000 housing completions this year, which he said is well below the 33,000 completions required.

The minister said it is a big challenge, but local authorities, its members and some councillors need to step up to their responsibilities to address the housing shortage.

He said: "I don't believe we have the luxury for some that appear to want to do this is just to continue to have an ideological debate back and forth about the different types of housing tenure or indeed the mix ... when there are 130,000 people waiting for homes".

Sinn Féin's housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said the best way to deliver affordable accommodation is for the State to invest directly in affordable cost rental properties and the young adults he represents do not want to be charged €1,300 a month for 12 square metres of personal living space.

Mr Ó 'Broin said it is not clear that it is the intention of the minister to ban co-living, but to restrict all future commercial co-living developments in Ireland.

Speaking on Today with Claire Byrne, he said he was concerned Darragh O'Brien will simply restrict the grounds for granting co-living, rather than an outright ban - which is what most people want.

He added that the only people who want co-living are the equity investors "who are looking to gouge the maximum profits from scarce inner city land".

Mr Ó Broin said co-living is not an appropriate use of land.