Work to Start on Installation of 28 New Temporary Homes

WORK on the installation of 28 temporary homes in Lowfield Road is to start after Easter.

The self-contained units on a former mobile home site will provide modern and decent places for families who would otherwise be forced to stay in unsuitable bed and breakfast accommodation.

Contractors Morris and Blunt Ltd are due to start on site on 18th April and the first families should move in in the autumn.

The development will consist of seven blocks of four units, two storeys high, along with a children’s play area, car parking, bike sheds, planting and landscaping.

Each unit will be timber clad, contain two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen-diner and a living room and will have UPVC windows and doors.

The initial work will consist of clearing the site and crushing the concrete foundations left over from the old mobile home park. The next phase will concentrate on installing foundations and services ahead of the first modular units arriving in June. Neighbouring households have been informed of the works.

Councillor Richard Davies, Lead Member for Housing, said:

“I am really pleased that work is now starting on the Lowfield Road temporary housing scheme.

“Reading, along with many other towns and cities in the region, has seen an increase in the number of families requiring emergency housing. This has resulted in the Council being forced to use bed and breakfast accommodation which is unsuitable and disruptive for homeless families.

“These innovative and low cost units will provide families with comfortable and modern temporary homes and reduce the cost of providing B&B accommodation for the Council.”

The Lowfield Road scheme was granted planning permission in July last year and forms a key part of the Council’s strategy to tackle the housing crisis in the town.

Other projects include: the construction of 57 permanent Council homes in Conwy Close, Tilehurst; the creation of a wholly-owned housing company called Homes for Reading and close co-operation with private landlords through initiatives such as the Rent Guarantee Scheme.

David Millward

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