There are 34 temporary homes on the site and are a mixture of studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units. Each has its own front door, shower room and toilet, as well as a kitchenette. In addition to the units, the landscaped site has a play area, laundry room, and management office.
The Government’s changes to benefit rules, alongside steeply rising rents, has resulted in increasing numbers of people becoming homeless and turning to the council for help. A shortage in social housing, and affordable alternatives in the private rented sector, means that these families often find themselves in expensive bed and breakfast accommodation. The modular homes development will provide a better temporary solution for both the families affected, and the council.
Ealing Council and the development company, QED Sustainable Urban Developments, will be hosting the open day on from 10am to 2pm. Residents will be able to take a look around the landscaped site and inside the housing units. Staff from Ealing Council and QED will be on hand to answer questions.
Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for housing, said: “This site was previously occupied by disused, derelict and unsightly council garages that attracted fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. This development is a huge improvement and will provide a temporary home for local people who find themselves in the incredibly difficult and distressing situation of being made homeless.
“We know that local people have been curious about the site, so I invite them to come along on Wednesday, 8 March to see the development for themselves and find out more about why it is needed.”
Temporary planning permission of ten years has been granted for the site.
For more information on how the council can work with residents and landlords to prevent homelessness, go to the council's website.