Submitted on Friday 29th July 2011
Published on Tuesday 9th August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Thursday 9th August 2012
Provision of low cost housing for the homeless and others
We petition the government to allow the use of derelict sites (eg old disused hospitals and military bases and other derelict sites) many of which are still owned by the taxpayer and costing money to police and secure, to be used as sites for mass-produced low-cost modular timber-framed housing, along the lines of the post-war "prefabs" and built in some cases by collectives or "syndicates"of the people who will live in them, with professional help, then rented out to them by the government.
This will a) reduce the problem of homelessness b) increase the stock of affordable housing generally c) provide a much needed stimulus for the construction industry d) teach people valuable skills or crafts they can use in employment elsewhere and e) create self sustaining mini-communities on each site fostering the spirit of neigbourliness and community respect.
See www.rooftree.org.uk for more details
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