The £30,000 flatpack house that could solve London’s housing crisis

The lack of affordable housing is one of London’s biggest problems. Schemes like Help to Buy and Funding for Lending have made it easier for a minority of people to get on the property ladder but have done nothing to stop the burgeoning housing bubble.

But the YMCA has one potential solution: It has designed and built new 267sqm one bed self-contained flats which can be stacked together in clusters on brownfield sites.

Rents will be set at or below the Local Housing Allowance for a one bedroom unit which makes it accessible to people on benefits.

The scheme opens in south London later this year. Check it out on the BBC:

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  • Far better than Beds in Sheds. Driving west along the A40 from Hangar Lane, there seems to be a lot of derelict land, and this is one of the areas, because of its proximity to Heathrow's jobs, that the shed problem is worst. During the war, pre-fabs provided a quick answer to homelessness; this is simply an upgrade of that. If then, why not now?

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  • Ian Middleton

    Not sure if this is just capitulation to a crazy housing market that won't be reset if we accept a return to pre-fab houses and people living in what are effectively nicely appointed sheds.

    Yes we had pre-fabs after the war, but they were meant to be temporary. Some of them lasted into the 70s and beyond and were dilapidated and run down.

    We should be working to permanently deal with housing cost, not applying these sorts of sticking plasters

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