A new generation of easy-build affordable homes is today unveiled to Londoners by Mayoral candidate Brian Rose, who aims to build 50,000 of the modular houses by Christmas.
Rose and his team are working with leading architects on plans to erect modular housing on undeveloped land owned by Transport for London.
Ultimately, Rose wants to build 100,000 affordable homes a year, and is showcasing the first of what would be many such schemes, in Hackney Wick, East London. New digital images show that the modular houses blend in beautifully with their surroundings – Rose insists there is no reason that affordable housing can’t be attractive housing.
Rose’s plan to utilise TfL sites is not just a smart use of wasted land – it also means housing projects can be located near existing transport hubs, which is both convenient and environmentally friendly.
The quick-build nature of the homes also minimises environmental impact, not least because the need for heavy machinery is minimised.
Rose, the US-born businessman behind the hugely popular London Real YouTube channel, said: “Many people don’t realise how much land TfL actually owns… it’s more than 5,700 acres across the city, larger than the borough of Camden.
“Much of it could be used for residential development if local government plays a lead role. My plan is to use this land alongside modular housing solutions to quickly and cost effectively start addressing the housing crisis legacy that the current mayor has created.”
With an ambitious target of delivering 50,000 new homes before Christmas, Mr Rose added: “The experts I am working with have shown what high quality, affordable housing in London can mean – the work is truly groundbreaking.
“I couldn’t be more impressed by the thought and detail that has gone into every aspect of the project to date, including end-to-end logistics, full costings and other sites across the city being researched as we speak.”
As well as running for Mayor, Mr Rose’s London Real Party is fielding candidates in the May 6th Assembly election, putting ‘Londoners back at the heart of London politics’.
Candidate Paul Frost said: “Brian is drawing on the best expertise on offer – and it shows. The housing is just one – very important – part of a much bigger plan that encompasses new funding models, environmental concerns and a new approach to how London runs its transport network.
“This initial scheme demonstrates how quality, affordable family homes can be quickly delivered.”
Addressing London’s affordable housing crisis is a core part of Rose’s Mayoral platform, and he has been highly critical of the paucity of new housing being completed in recent years, saying: “The previous Mayor still owes the city hundreds of thousands of homes. The time to discuss housing projects has passed, and we need to take action to solve this crisis now.”