No you picked him up right, I thought that was a nonsense from him. The massive basement car park has been abandoned and rightly so. There's no need for lots of car parking, the developer is proposed a car share scheme with some parking, that's perfectly ample for a city centre development.Although i did particularly like the Green councillor's concern about a lack (?) of car parking. Maybe i picked him up wrong. But i thought that would be a positive.
Personally I think Castlebrooke have engaged more than any other previous owner of this site but we have to realistic at the end of the day. They aren't going to develop if it doesn't turn a profit, the basic economics haven't changed.
They can certainly make some additional changes, particularly relating to housing and Writer's Square but to be perfectly frank, the call from SaveCQ for 'family housing' is all well and good but families just don't want to live in the city centre. There's no childcare, schools, GP practices, dentists or anything that would support that. I'd also be certain the recent lockdown has made the idea of apartment living for a family rather unattractive.
Social housing provision is fine but the developer nor Council have power to decide where social housing is build. Social housing is driven by need and if the Housing Executive say there is a need for it in this location then fair enough. There's also a difference between social housing and affordable housing.