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Take a look at the ‘micro-homes’ helping to tackle the UK’s housing crisis

The pod homes will be occupied by people at risk of homelessness

Chiara Wilkinson
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Chiara Wilkinson

Modular pod homes in Truro, Cornwall, are set to help tackle the county’s housing crisis by providing ‘move on’ accommodation for people at risk of homelessness. 

The SoloHaus ‘micro-homes’ scheme has officially been handed over to Cornwall Council, with the first of the 15 residents expected to move into their new homes before Christmas. Providing quality housing for single people currently in temporary or emergency accommodation, each tenant will also receive help to find a regular source of income and a more permanent home.

The pods are purpose-built and self-contained, with a kitchen, living and dining area, a bedroom and a bathroom. They arrive fully furnished, with everything ready for residents to move in straight away – including cutlery and bed linen. Last year, Time Out looked around the SoloHaus pod homes in Tottenham, London, and yes, we can confirm that they’re more than up to scratch.    

With more than 730 households living in temporary or emergency accommodation across the county, the 15 pod homes are nowhere near enough to tackle the scale of homelessness right now – but at least it’s a start. Work is also under way to provide a further ten modular homes at the former Cowlins Mill in Pool, and planning applications are also under way for sites in Penryn, Newquay and Penzance. 

The homes in Truro are expected to remain in place for around three years, before they’re moved to a new location for the current site to be regenerated.  

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