Lewisham tackles housing shortage through prefab villages

Lewisham tackles housing shortage through prefab villages

The London borough of Lewisham has announced to cut housing waiting list through building ‘prefab villages’.

Planners working in the borough have approved 34 homes that will be built within a new seven-storey timber-framed building in south-east London.

The accommodation will be provided on a temporary basis to homeless families and will be completed in 2020 with windows, cladding, electrics, plumbing, ready-fit kitchens and bathrooms.

Damien Egan, the Mayor of Lewisham, said: “We are committed to delivering 1,000 new social homes over the next four years, which is the biggest social housing programme in the borough for decades.”

“This highly innovative project will provide 34 homes for homeless families from the borough, and a community nursery,” he added.

Lewisham has a severe shortage of housing. The borough has 10,000 people on waiting lists for housing and over 2,000 families in temporary accommodation.

“Here in Lewisham, our aim is to make a real difference to people’s lives. We can and we will build more genuinely affordable homes, improve living standards in our existing properties and help our residents reduce the cost of running their homes through energy efficiency improvements. We will also continue to reach out to support residents who find themselves in genuine difficulty and faced with unavoidable homelessness,” said Cllr Egan in the borough’s housing strategy.