The Emerald Village

Dec 5, 2017
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A Community Driven Pop-Up Ecohousing Pilot

We are in a seemingly unending housing crisis, whilst we build into precious green open lands.

London has lost many creative and entrepreneurial talents from central locations, even some choosing to move to another country completely. People are being priced out of the market and cities are dying.
With land prices and rent increasing so rapidly, we are seeking a novel and interesting solution tobe put into place.

Utilising wasted spaces left dormant, such as opening up access to unused land or brownfield sites around the UK, whereby new bio-remedial technology can be used to treat the soil ground whilst pop-up villages provide a housing solution.

We are proposing a four phased approach;

  1. On grid pilot pop-up housing in garden village environment (this proposal)
  2. Off grid housing self-sufficient energy production
  3. Develop bio-remedial land cleaning expertise
  4. Expand concept to brown sites

This project offers a care taker service for land owners re-using land or brownfield sites before further use has commenced.

The housing will make use of a ‘container style’ housing solution from MAC containers.

Custom made to order with widths up to 3.65 metres and lengths up to 13.4 metres giving a floor plan of 48.91 square metres.

Units can be fully fitted with all utilities kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and lounges.

Costs are around £30k + delivery for the large units. Delivery is around £895.

The buildings fully meet UK building regulations and in most cases do not need planning permission as they are classified as temporary buildings. With an expected life span of around 60 years, they provide an affordable and practical housing solution. The properties will both be managed and maintained by the Yellow Brick Road Housing Co-operative.

The village will be set in a garden environment as we are partnering with urban garden and grower groups.

For the sakes of planning we have created a budget for five two bedroom flats and twelve studios. We have also budgeted for a large community centre built using modules, so that it can easily be extended.


  1. Hi Iian, what stage are you at? I assume you are still looking for land and are on the Self Build register?
    Tedra
    St Marks Coop

    • Hi Tedra,
      We are looking to use brownfield sites on a meanwhile basis of between 5 and 10 years. With current planning we would need to build a high density solution.
      So our focus is bringing unused land / buildings into use.
      Best,
      Iain

      • Its a great idea. There’s a coop in Brighton called Bunker who managed to get a piece of land off the council. They are trying to raise funds to self-build but your proposal is even more cost effective.

        St Marks are looking around to see what other community groups there are and what solutions they are coming up with. There’s a lot of interesting groups out there. I saw a meeting for housing coops in the Spring that you might be interested in?

  2. Hi Tedra,
    Yes please can you share the event in Spring.
    Best,
    Iain

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