34 temporary homes coming to Hanwell

Here’s a look at plans for 34 homes, or “units”, in former shipping containers to be built at Borders Walk in Hanwell. They’ll be constructed on the site of former garages.

The structures will include four blocks in total at a height of three storeys. The building has a design life of 10 years and is intended to house the homeless in the borough. Ealing Council are the developer.

Here’s how the site appeared before development.

Councils are adopting these emergency measures as they’re prevented by central government from mass house building initiatives, have seen much housing sold yet are statutorily obliged to house certain individuals. 

This has caused large funding problems with councils often forced to utilise expensive bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels. Taxpayers have lost out hugely.

Another example of temporary modulised housing is in Lewisham borough. This block though has a longer planned life:

The plans were approved in March 2016. Some recent minor revisions have been made, which do not make a huge impact as far as I could tell, and it should be completed relatively soon.

Here’s the planning description:

Temporary planning permission for a period of 10 years to construct 4 x blocks of modular buildings (Block A, B, C – Two storey building height; Block D – Three storey height) with ancillary single storey modular unit (site manager office) to accommodate 34 units of temporary housing accommodation (Sui generis) with associated refuse storage, cycle parking provision, landscaping and play area (following demolition of garages) (Regulation 3- Council’s own Development)


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