An open day on Wednesday (8 March) gave people the chance to take a closer look at Ealing Council’s innovative development in Borders Walk, Hanwell. Thanks to everyone who came along. For those of you who could not make it, watch this video to take a tour around the new modular homes.
Named Marston Court, the site has 34 temporary, modular homes that have been built to provide accommodation for local families who are homeless.
The council hosted the open day with the development company, QED Sustainable Urban Developments. Residents were able to take a look around the landscaped site and inside the housing units. Staff were on-hand to answer questions.
The 34 temporary homes on the site 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.
Government changes to benefit rules, alongside steeply rising rents, have 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.
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.”
Temporary planning permission of 10 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.