Converted shipping container

Unique des res - container row

A man who has found a unique solution to the housing crisis, could be forced to leave his container home if it breaches planning laws.

Fred & Duncan Shrubsole

Q&A: Squatter law & homelessness

Fred interviews Duncan Shrubsole from the homelessness charity 'Crisis', about a controversial new law making it easier to evict squatters.

Squatters' rights

New laws on Squatters' Rights

The principle of 'Squatters' Rights' will be scrapped on 1st September. From then police have the power to evict squatters immediately.

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Row erupts over idea for housing development over M4

A vision for a huge development of 30 thousand homes - on a flood plain - straddling the M4 is causing an outcry. It involves plans for a new garden city which would include shops being built above the motorway at Burghfield.

The scheme has been submitted as an entry for an influential economics prize. No official plans have been put to paper, but fears about flooding have already brought residents rushing to condemn the idea. Penny Silvester reports.

The interviewees are: Victoria Groulef, Reading West prospective parliamentary candidate; Alan Wade, a Southcote flood victim; and Babette Smeesters, a Southcote resident.

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Potential shortage of council houses in Oxford

Council tenants are buying their homes in increasing numbers because the discount they get has gone up. For many it means they can achieve their dream of owning their own home. But those against the move says it will leave more people in housing need.

The money the councils get when a tenant buys a property can be used for building new homes. But critics say there isn't enough land to meet the demand. And they want to limit how many houses can be sold. Juliette Fletcher reports on what's being called a council house crisis.

Should right-to-buy scheme be axed in Oxford?

Council tenants in Oxford are buying their homes in increasing numbers. For many it means they can achieve their dream of owning their own home. But those against the move says it will leave more people in housing need.

The money the councils get when a tenant buys a property can be used for building new homes. But critics say there isn't enough land to meet the demand. And they want to limit how many houses can be sold. Juliette Fletcher reports.

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Homeless to be offered shipping container homes

by Charlotte Wilkins

Homeless people living in Brighton could soon be offered shipping containers as alternative accommodation. Work will begin next month on transforming the containers into habitable spaces.

Our reporter Charlotte WIlkins has been to see a similar project in London, to find out how the concept will work. The interviewees are Louise Stephenson, a YMCA resident; Chris Gilbert, a developer; and Andy Winter from the Brighton Housing Trust.

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