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I'm sure the baby boomers must be creaming themselves from their mansions - their parents generation often resorted to prefab housing to pay off the national debt from the war and give the boomers a better chance in life, and now their children's generation is doing the same to pay off the national debt from the boomer-boom, and give the boomers a better chance in retirement

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So, the council is using converted shipping containers (similar method to recent hotel developments - very effective build method using something that there is an enormous oversupply of) to create temporary (5 year) studio accomodation for people who are homeless on a piece of land that cannnot have permanent housing built on it until the council can afford the clean up activity.

Sounds like a bloody sensible decision to me - low capital investment, significant benefit to thecouncil & the homeless folks (higher quality housing, and cheaper than putting them into B&B's), and using land that would otherwise sit empty.

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I'm sure the baby boomers must be creaming themselves from their mansions - their parents generation often resorted to prefab housing to pay off the national debt from the war and give the boomers a better chance in life, and now their children's generation is doing the same to pay off the national debt from the boomer-boom, and give the boomers a better chance in retirement

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Seems sensible to me. It's not being proposed as a permanent solution to housing needs, but a temporary fix that is better than current arrangements...

And New England Road is very centrally located with fantastic access to local amenities and less than 5 minutes walk to Brighton Station

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I'm sure the baby boomers must be creaming themselves from their mansions - their parents generation often resorted to prefab housing to pay off the national debt from the war and give the boomers a better chance in life, and now their children's generation is doing the same to pay off the national debt from the boomer-boom, and give the boomers a better chance in retirement

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If it's good enough for your armed forces abroad, oil workers, its good enough for you.

I'd live in a container house if the other option was old council crap.

Edited by cashinmattress

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Seems sensible to me. It's not being proposed as a permanent solution to housing needs, but a temporary fix that is better than current arrangements...

And New England Road is very centrally located with fantastic access to local amenities and less than 5 minutes walk to Brighton Station

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B+B is not a permanent solution either.

but putting people on land that is unfit to build houses on due to contamination....thats going to be a fairly permanent solution for the recipient....

Edited by Bloo Loo

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B+B is not a permanent solution either.

but putting people on land that is unfit to build houses on due to contamination....thats going to be a fairly permanent solution for the recipient....

I'd rather be housed in a self-contained unit like this than a grotty B&B...but I do agree that 'contaminated land' doesn't sound ideal...

(though I'm unsure if that actually translates into a real hazard to health, since they won't be digging down into the ground for foundations as they would with other types of development)...

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Good idea.

I've lived in a converted shipping container in East London for five years. Not that bad actually, and only a stones throw from Canary Wharf.

There were put up was as cheap artist studio's, for creative types. I kinda lied to become a tenant.

Once you are inside them, no different to a new build flat.

If I could get cheap land/ temporary permission I'd build my own container city.

There, the voice of experience.

Edited by Secure Tenant

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So, the council is using converted shipping containers (similar method to recent hotel developments - very effective build method using something that there is an enormous oversupply of) to create temporary (5 year) studio accomodation for people who are homeless on a piece of land that cannnot have permanent housing built on it until the council can afford the clean up activity.

Sounds like a bloody sensible decision to me - low capital investment, significant benefit to thecouncil & the homeless folks (higher quality housing, and cheaper than putting them into B&B's), and using land that would otherwise sit empty.

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If it's good enough for your armed forces abroad, oil workers, its good enough for you.

I'd live in a container house if the other option was old council crap.

Nothing new in this, it is normal accommodation for construction workers in Thailand, Philippians and Malaysia.

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I'm sure the baby boomers must be creaming themselves from their mansions - their parents generation often resorted to prefab housing to pay off the national debt from the war and give the boomers a better chance in life, and now their children's generation is doing the same to pay off the national debt from the boomer-boom, and give the boomers a better chance in retirement

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Happily live in one if the outlook and the outside environment was good.

Good stop gap for a month to a couple of years.

Interior space is overrated and can be compensated for by outlook. Yachts are nothing more than shipping containers.

A very small pioneering one. Give the short video time.

Edited by LiveinHope

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Hpc'ers having been calling for this for yrs. It's old news

They need to bury some in the ground for thermal mass (start your 'bury to let' empire) & clad above ground with external insulation. A metal box is a heat sink.

Edit: Anyone got any info on shipping containers being converted into floating houseboats ? I imagine you could line with concrete

& add some pointed ends for a basic one.

Edited by Saving For a Space Ship

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Let's hope the idea of allowing people to put up homes catches on.

Although in this case they are only allowing themselves to do it, it's still a start.

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Interesting development. I live in Brighton and I can tell you that a well-designed shipping container would be a damn sight better than a lot of what passes for accommodation in the Private Rented Sector here. For some telling stats re: Brighton;s housing crisis, check this out:

http://www.planetpropertyblog.co.uk/2011/02/10/brighton-the-worst-place-to-live-in-england/

From the comments:

Jeremy Hardy said, “Brighton is a very tolerant city but with no one to be tolerant of!”

So true! Was much more interesting when it was grungier and grimier and full of hippies, imo.

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