Brighton shows its forward thinking again as homeless are to be contained.

A plan to house Brighton’s homeless in reconditioned shipping containers has been given the green light.

Living container

Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) has secured planning permission to install 36 units on the site of a former scrapyard at Richardson’s Yard on London Road.

The unique homes will provide temporary accommodation for the city’s homeless. BHT believes that up to a 100 people sleep rough on Brighton’s streets every night.

The units are to be shipped over from Holland, where they were designed and built. They were originally earmarked for an Amsterdam social housing project that fell through because of funding issues.

Officers from Brighton and Hove’s Planning Committee who recommended approval said that the containers were an “imaginative and appropriate way to meet a very real need for affordable accommodation”.

BHT’s chief executive, Andy Winter, said: “Shipping containers are relatively cheap to provide and maintain. They are built to withstand ocean waves so they will last a long time.

“They’re airtight and the windows are double-glazed so heating bills are much lower than they would be in some traditional buildings.”

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