Approved development of pop-up homes will help ease housing needs in Deptford

Town hall chiefs have approved plans for a pop-up village for residents in housing need.

The new development, in Edward Street, Deptford, will consist of 34 two and three- bedroomed flats to take homeless families out of nightly paid temporary accommodation.

There will also be a community nursery and a commercial space, as well as a communal courtyard.

The project is one of four pop-up villages.

Two other developments have already been approved, Mayfield in Lee and Homepark in Sydenham, a fourth is in the pipeline.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “Delivering new social homes is a top priority for Lewisham council.

We are committed to delivering 1,000 new social homes over the next four years, which is the biggest social housing programme in Lewisham for decades.”

The council plans to start the new development in summer 2019 and expected to complete it in 2020.

The council opened PLACE/Ladywell, the UK’s first pop-up village in June 2016.

The units provide temporary homes for homeless families and ground-floor space for community and enterprise use.

The units are built quicker the traditional methods.

The intention is for the structure to remain on the Ladywell site for no more than four years, after which it will be deconstructed, moved and reconstructed elsewhere in the borough.

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