Innovative housing development plan for Mitcham

Wimbledon Guardian: Applicants YMCA London South West, state the pre-fabricated flats will be self contained Applicants YMCA London South West, state the pre-fabricated flats will be self contained

An innovative housing development could soon be seen on Mitcham’s streets as new plans are announced for the Clay Avenue area.

A total of 36 units that slot together like a puzzle could be built by the end of this year if planning approval is given for the homes near to Mitcham Eastfields station.

A public consultation will be held on Friday, January 17 for members of the public to view plans for the homes YMCA London South West claim are the first of its kind in the country.

Applicants YMCA London South West, state the pre-fabricated flats will be self contained and offer affordable accommodation for single people and couples in housing need.

Andy Redfearn, their director of housing and development, said: "This is the first time in the country that this scheme is being used and we think there will be a lot of national interest in it.

"It is de-skilled, with no bricks and mortar - we could clad it in mock Tudor or tiles, or maybe pebble dash.

"When people think of pre-fab houses they think of the 1960s but it is not like that."

The YMCA is aiming to submit a planning application to Merton Council in February and if approval is given, could open the units for people to move into by the end of the year.

Residents of the three storey blocks known as Y:Cube Housing, would be referred through the YMCA, and would previously have been tenants in hostels and other short stay housing schemes such as the YMCA Wimbledon on The Broadway.

Mr Redfearn said the scheme would be open to people in receipt of benefits, and residents would typically stay there for three to five years before moving onto more permanent accommodation.

There would be a community garden where people could grow fruit and vegetables, and a flat made available for a member of staff.

The consultation will be held the Acacia Centre in Grove Road, Mitcham, on Friday, January 17 from 3pm to 8pm.

 

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9:22am Wed 15 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

Great this will open up more high end flats in the Broadway redevelopment. Don't want the poor and needy hanging around our fancy new skyscraper now do we?
Great this will open up more high end flats in the Broadway redevelopment. Don't want the poor and needy hanging around our fancy new skyscraper now do we? alphabeti

12:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

tjames says...

do you mean the YMCA building in wimbledon?
do you mean the YMCA building in wimbledon? tjames

5:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

alphabeti says...

Yeah. The original proposal was 24 storey tower with mix of residential and housing for homeless. That didn't even make it past the consultation. Now if they shove the homeless part of the development out to Mitcham Eastfields they can make a slightly lower tower, maybe 14 floors, and the new residents won't even have to mix with the poor. Dress it all up as good news and there you go. Trebles all round.
Yeah. The original proposal was 24 storey tower with mix of residential and housing for homeless. That didn't even make it past the consultation. Now if they shove the homeless part of the development out to Mitcham Eastfields they can make a slightly lower tower, maybe 14 floors, and the new residents won't even have to mix with the poor. Dress it all up as good news and there you go. Trebles all round. alphabeti

6:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

tjames says...

stop fiddling with the market--let rents float--no affordable just subsidy--can get rid of housing associations and shelter and all the other hangers-on
stop fiddling with the market--let rents float--no affordable just subsidy--can get rid of housing associations and shelter and all the other hangers-on tjames

8:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kieran141 says...

this is the last thing Eastfields needs, there is enough poverty around here and some more to spare. It's regeneration and investment needed here, not this.
this is the last thing Eastfields needs, there is enough poverty around here and some more to spare. It's regeneration and investment needed here, not this. kieran141

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