Affordable modular homes planned for Worthing
Thu 5th December 2019, 12:31 pm
Plans have been backed to build an innovative style of pre-built or modular housing in Worthing to help increase affordable homes targeted at working families.
The aim is to help key workers in professions such as nursing and teaching to benefit from low-cost homes in the area. Plans for 162 sustainable, modular homes were supported over the summer by Adur and Worthing Councils – made up of Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council – which will help those on lower incomes.
International residential developer BoKlok UK, jointly owned by Ikea and Skanska, has entered into an agreement with Worthing Borough Council to deliver the homes at Fulbeck Avenue in west Worthing that will be the firm’s first modular properties in the UK.
A steering group will be established to guide the proposal forward, and the first homes are planned to be delivered by 2021.
BoKlok UK has its roots in Sweden creating modern, affordable homes, and as part of the deal the council will retain control of 30% of the units to ensure it provides social housing for those on the waiting list.
The potential site identified for the housing is at land found west of Fulbeck Avenue that borders the new West Durrington estate. A report by BoKlok UK outlined how it could treble the number of homes planned for the site, providing families in Worthing with affordable homes for rent or sale.
The modular homes are created from sustainably sourced materials that meet high environmental standards and can be quickly constructed off-site.
The name BoKlok means wise or smart living, and the firm’s first homes were created in 1997 – so far more than 11,000 homes have been built in Sweden, Norway and Finland.
BoKlok is currently searching for development sites in the UK. For more details head to: www.boklok.co.uk/sell-land-to-us