22nd Nov, 2019

Homeless family first in to 'pre-fab' homes in Coventry

Felix Nobes 31st Jul, 2019

NEW tenants are set to move into two of Coventry’s modular factory-assembled homes – hailed as a way to fight the homelessness crisis.

The homes – much like post-war prefabricated housing – were constructed in a factory and transported by truck to Coventry.

And the completed Littlethorpe development means new residents will be moving into a new two-bedroom and three-bedroom home in Willenhall, Coventry, over the next few weeks.

One of the first to secure tenancy is Hammedali Dair who is moving in from his temporary accommodation provided by the Salvation Army.

He said: “I have seen inside the house and it is amazing, it was a huge relief when I was told that I could have it.

“I feel really great to be the first person to live here as everything will be new and only used by me.

“I am so excited to move in and make it my own.”

Hammedali will be living in the property with his wife, Zuhur, and son, Murad.

The properties will have many benefits which include reduced fuel bills and excellent energy ratings, developers claim.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the completion and officials were given a chance to have a look around the properties.

WM Housing Group, which is soon to become Citizen, worked in partnership with Cradley Heath manufacturer Totally Modular and Coventry City Council on the development.

Director of development at WM Housing Richard Whittaker said: “We hope that the people who move into these homes thoroughly enjoy living there.

“The Littlethorpe site was small which is why we chose to build modular homes here and build off site.

“Traditional builds would have been too disruptive here.

“We hope these homes will be the first of many across the West Midlands.”

The two homes were built on the site of a former scout hut.

Each home costs £134,000 to build, it says, and the development was part funded by Homes England – the Government’s Housing Agency – and Coventry council.

Cabinet member for housing and communities at Coventry council, Tariq Khan, said: “There is a housing scarcity in Coventry and these builds could be one of the ways to help tackle this as they can be built and transported to site quickly.

“I hope that the new tenants enjoy living their new home.”

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