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BHT and QED get the Go-ahead for Container Housing Scheme

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30Apr

shipping_container_W300At BHT we are very excited to have secured planning permission for the proposal to provide temporary homes in converted shipping container at Richardson’s Yard, Brighton.

The scheme is a joint venture between BHT and our development partner, QED. What was particularly gratifying was the unanimous support received from members of the Brighton and Hove Planning Committee.

Planning officers recommended approval, saying that the containers were an “imaginative and appropriate” way to meet a very real need for affordable accommodation.

To find out more you can read various posts from the last few months:

How BHT hopes to use shipping containers for temporary accommodation for homeless men and women

Reaction to BHT’s plans to provide temporary accommodation in converted shipping containers

Support for our container housing application from the local action team

Some concern on the BBC website this morning focused on a report that the land is ‘contaminated’ and that it would not be suitable for permanent housing.

Richardson’s Yard has been used as a scrap metal yard, and there is, inevitably, some contamination, including from oil. However, a full environmental assessment has been made and was considered by the Council before permission was granted.

The plan is to place a membrane on the contaminated land before a concrete base in put in place. All planting areas will be in raised beds and there will be no risk to future residents. If there was the slightest risk, BHT would not risk the health and wellbeing of our residents.

This is an exciting development and we look forward to seeing the first residents move in at the end of the summer.

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