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A Modular Approach To Londons Housing Shortage

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Those portacabins look lovely

Yes, a generous seventy seven square metres per unit. No provision of outdoor space for a new generation of feral rats. When lselondonhousing.org develop its not a slum its densification.

This typifies the 'housing crisis', although every single case on the housing lists are there because of the ridiculous high price of housing they can't bring themselves to fking admit it. No they simple can't see all the blocks where apartments sit empty.

The LSE are a disgrace. Orwell would be proud of their new use of the word, densification, instead of slum.

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Don't look at this as a quality of housing issue, look at it as a brilliant move to stiff the BTL crowd.

It's temporary housing that goes on sites where in the longer term there will be permanent building.

It saves the council having to pay a private landlord loads of cash to house some person another landlord has turfed out. That will drive down landlords' rental income and make them more likely to sell up.

There was another poster on here who suggested this kind of thing a few months ago, something like buying a million caravans to house everyone?

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This typifies the 'housing crisis', although every single case on the housing lists are there because of the ridiculous high price of housing they can't bring themselves to fking admit it. No they simple can't see all the blocks where apartments sit empty.

The LSE are a disgrace. Orwell would be proud of their new use of the word, densification, instead of slum.

I suppose they would argue that this type of build 'em cheap, knock 'em out fast approach will lower the cost of housing in London if it takes off.

That may even work (in the short term). Longer term, it will lower the standard for all new builds in London (which are low enough already) and HB will continue to provide a price floor.

As for the LSE being a disgrace, the days of Universities providing an example to be emulated (in any area) are long gone. With very few exceptions, they are essentially just factories for farming students now

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The wartime pre-fabs were far better - they even had small gardens.

London is such a dump. No amount of jolly background music to their barmy proposals for modular units of housing (fancy sheds) will change that.

Edited by billybong

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The difference is those wartime units were built as cheaper, faster alternatives to traditional homes. Still not as good as traditional homes but not a bad alternative

These new modular units are cheaper and faster too, but there's no aspiration for them to be anything like a traditional home. They are "densified" housing units - future slums as Blod pointed out.

A lot of London isn't a dump btw - there are a lot of very nice areas both centrally and in the outlying suburbs. The problem is the large swathes of land inbetween which are becoming increasingly ghettoised with traditional homes being turned into HMOs and crap, uninspiring new builds with absolutely no new public realm/amenities.

I dread to think what those places are going to be like in any kind of extended downturn - they're bad enough now

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Better idea....create some jobs elsewhere.

Better idea. Stop immigration.

Better idea. Ban BTL

Better idea...Ban foreign buyers and CPO existing property

Better idea....remove all housing props.

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Apparently London is getting so congested that they're planning to pedestrianise Oxford Street - the pavements are now too narrow to safely accommodate the amount of pedestrians. It's getting very clear that the congestion charge provisions are out of steam. The pedestrianisation will make the streets around Oxford Street even more nightmarish for buses, cars and lorries and other traffic etc especially considering how inept the planners are with their dead end one way and go round in ever decreasing circles street systems with no parking etc - the bane of towns and cities all over Britain. Maybe they'll build a flyover.

So what do they do in the face of the congestion - they cram ever more people into ever more tiny boxes. Instead of statistical overcrowding they effectively just put a partition up and call each "module" a home - amazing, statistical overcrowding reduced.

The craziness surrounding Loncutta just goes on and on.

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On first glance I wouldn't leave my smallest dog in one of these for more than a day he likes open spaces and gets a bit of cabin fever, but if the opportunity ever presented itself to invest, I make no apologies for saying I'd beg borrow and steal (but mainly borrow) to snap up a SHITload of these, just to rent em out to students/immigrants/young professionals/whoever, innit. (no DSS)

They look PERFECT for a rental. :wub::wub::wub:

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It's temporary housing that goes on sites where in the longer term there will be permanent building.

Maybe acceptable as a desperate last-ditch temporary solution when there's nothing else possible, but I don't see that as really being the case. And "temporary" can sometimes be a rather long time.

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