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Poplar HARCA transforms redundant garages into brand new social homes

13/04/2021

Phase 3 of Poplar HARCA’s Hidden Homes scheme has been completed, transforming 16 redundant garages at Mollis House, Poplar into 4 new social homes. Residents began moving into their new homes in March 2021.

The Hidden Homes scheme has so far transformed unused spaces into 17 new homes in Poplar. A boiler room, oil tank room and unused loft spaces were transformed into six new homes. Seven new affordable homes were created from a redundant NHS Clinic and Dental Suite, and a redundant store. The scheme is providing vital affordable homes in the borough.

Lisa, Resident, said: “I was on the housing list for 10 years, and within the last two years my housing needs increased because my son is autistic. I’ve now moved from a second floor home within a block of flats to a ground floor flat with a garden at Mollis House. Mollis House has ticked all the boxes to accommodate my son’s needs. He finds it very difficult to socialise so having a private garden means he is now able to have outdoor space where he can go on a trampoline which helps his muscles and sensory processing needs. He also now has his own bedroom, and we live closer to his school. This is my dream home, and I feel content seeing my son happy.”

Neal Hunt, Director of Development at Poplar HARCA, said: “Poplar HARCA’s Hidden Homes scheme is centred on thinking creatively to transform unused spaces into homes. There is no limit to what can be achieved; we are continuing to identify potential spaces which have the capacity to be converted, to provide much-needed living spaces in the borough.”

Poplar HARCA is continuing to create new affordable homes in East London. Residents recently moved into ten affordable homes (six social rent and four shared ownership) at Agate House, part of the Stone Studios development – a micro-neighbourhood of distinct buildings between Victoria Park and the Queen Elizabeth Park. Planning permission has also been granted for Sturry Street, consisting of seven affordable homes (four social rent and three shared ownership) on Plimsoll Close House – a residential street off East India Dock Road.

"I was on the housing list for 10 years, and within the last two years my housing needs increased because my son is autistic. I’ve now moved from a second floor home within a block of flats to a ground floor flat with a garden at Mollis House. Mollis House has ticked all the boxes to accommodate my son’s needs."

Lisa Bajada, Resident