Chelmsford City Council in collaboration with Pick Everard is working to provide a solution to the temporary housing crisis under challenging financial and programme constraints. Although potentially controversial all government bodies are under pressure to reduce costs and housing families in bed and breakfast is a significant financial burden.
I believe the approach of providing a robust off-site constructed and easily refurbished and relocated solution that can be adopted for varying sites will be an exciting long term answer that could be delivered anywhere across the country if there is a positive political appetite.
As we move forward with the scheme, it will be interesting to see what other solutions are being piloted and how we can learn from experiences across the UK.
Stackable homes are being rushed out in an attempt to deal with the UK’s housing crisis. The plan comes just three months after a national report by the ResPublica think-tank revealed 1,200,000 people are on housing waiting lists Chelmsford City Council plans to bring in the shipping container-style flats, designed to “provide accommodation for those with an urgent housing need”. There will be 18 units across two sites, providing single and double bedroom accommodation, featuring a shower room, kitchen and a living space. Leader of Chelmsford City Council, Roy Whitehead said: “We’ve looked at the way other authorities in the UK are addressing homelessness and the method appears to be effective in some areas."