Published: 16th Aug 2018

 A Sheffield-based social enterprise is hoping to navigate the rocky waters of the UK housing market with affordable 1, 2 and 3-bedroom homes made from shipping containers. Inspired by an episode of Grand Designs, former police officer Jon Johnson set up REACH (Recycled, Environmental, Affordable, Container, Homes) in January 2017. Following a small grant from UnLtd they built a prototype which they are currently showing off to interested parties from around the UK. Jon believes they can build 6000 a year of them, which could help plug the housing shortfall and create genuinely affordable homes. Just 1.4% of homes in ‘large’ developments approved by planners in Sheffield in 2016 and 2017 met the government’s affordable definition. In Manchester, it was 0%. ‘We need to build the houses people want, where they want them, rather than what developers can bully through,’ says Jon. ‘I’ve got 40 or 50 housing reports. Are … (To read the full article, subscribe below)