ZED Pod would turn parking lots into sustainable communities
June 15, 2016 - Oxford
An architect has designed a range of tiny flats that stand on stilts above car parks in a bid to solve the UK's housing crisis.
Bill Dunster OBE believes his pop-up properties can also be erected over ground-level facilities such as park-and-ride sites to save space.
They have around 74 square feet of floor space but boast solar panels, water recycling systems and electric vehicle charging points.
Developers say the homes, which cost between £55,000 and £60,000 to install, could be let for around £750 per month including bills.
Mr Dunster's firm ZEDfactory has approached Oxford City Council about trialling up to 50 of the homes and has offered to meet the costs.
The council is also considering proposals to build more than 1,500 of the eco-friendly 'pod' homes above Oxford's park and ride sites.
But while some may regard the homes as an ideal solution to the city's housing shortage, the idea is struggling to get off the ground.
Oxford City Council has cited air pollution, land devaluation and costs as reasons for the hold-up.
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