A plan has been submitted to provide temporary trailer homes for key workers over a period of five years at a spot near Grove Park.
The applications states the micro homes could be used for “short term NHS emergency health worker housing”. The applicant makes no bones about the size, calling them “18 tiny dwellings”.
Homes are so small it appears that standing upstairs is extremely difficult. Construction is offsite using Birch Plywood before being wheeled in.
The site is tucked away beside a 24 hour railway depot which services Southeastern trains, and is likely to provide a noisy existence. Rail depots are not quiet places overnight.
The application states rents would be 80 per cent of local rates for a one bed flat despite their very small size. That would price these trailer homes at around £800-£1000 per month in this location. Given the target occupant would earn £30,000 a year maximum – and often less – that is a substantial amount for an isolated trailer next to a noisy rail depot.
It is generally accepted that a third of ones income should go towards housing costs. Someone on £30k takes home £2,003 a month excluding student fee repayments. £800 is above that threshold of a third. A key worker on £20k would really struggle to afford such a basic home.
And that take home pay excludes student loan repayments – a commonly seen oversight despite fees now existing for some time. Employees such as a nurse on a Plan 1 student fee repayment plan will pay an additional nine per cent of their income in repayments on earnings above £1,615 a month.
The application states:
“The intention is to partner with a local Registered Housing Provider who will either own and manage or just manage the units on behalf of the NHS workers or associated essential key workers. We are in discussion with the ‘Evolve’ housing
association who are active locally”.
If this doesn’t show gratitude to key workers after recent events I don’t know what does.
Click here to view plans.