Following the recent public outcry over the affordability of housing in Jersey, Senator Kristina Moore approached policymakers to develop and find sites for flat-style homes, which could be built in a matter of weeks.
The senator has been in discussion with ZED Affordable Eco Homes, a company that produces environmentally friendly temporary homes.
“I spoke to an officer about the type of proposal we could table on this,” Senator Moore said. “We have to find a way to solve the housing affordability problem now, because there is clearly a crisis right now. It requires immediate action.
“I tried to contact people who might be able to provide sites for these houses. They could overtake existing parking lots or redundant greenhouse sites. ‘
She added: “The number of people who have stepped forward and shared their stories about the issues they face with housing shows that this is an emergency. The people need immediate action and we, as Member States, must determine what to do.
“We want to bring something to the United States before the Bridge Island plan is debated next March. It would help create some movement in the housing market which people need.
“I really hope something happens and people come up with land that they can make available.”
The senator said she imagines that introducing 200 to 300 units would be enough to make a difference.
ZED’s affordable units are built with durable plywood approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council, which means that for every tree that is felled to make several more must be planted.
They are made from pre-assembled parts that could be delivered to the island in a flat format.
Martin Osment, the local company representative, said they were using solar panels on the roof to generate electricity and were well insulated to reduce energy requirements, while water would be provided. via a blue water pipe connection. He added that if a sewer connection was not possible, a composting or chemical toilet “of last resort” could be installed.
He said, “You can save around 40% on construction costs, but the overall cost would depend on the cost of the land. Hopefully, the landowners would be caring enough about their community not to charge too much.
“What we need is at least some land where we could have a show house, so people could see how good they are. They would be ideal for workers in agriculture, hospitality or construction and for all short-stay workers. Also for people who have just graduated and who don’t have a lot yet.
“There are people for whom Jersey should be a home for life and they are now leaving the island which is a terrible situation.”
He added that the houses, which can be self-built, take 13 weeks to deliver and six weeks to build.