A horrified resident was startled to find huge container houses erected behind her garden, claiming she was not notified of how close they would be.

Janice Hawkins, who has lived in Hanwell for 13 years, could not believe how close the temporary container residences, which will b there for ten years, were and was furious to find she had not been invited to consultations.

Speaking to getwestlondon, the 63-year-old said: "I didn't receive any notification about the changes in plans in Bordars Walk.

"I was initially told there was going to a car park, shrubbery and trees planted in the area, but there isn't any of that."

The long term resident, who found they had been erected on Tuesday (January 10), added: "It's not the housing I'm against, I understand homeless people need somewhere to stay.

"But the plans did not reflect what it was going to be like.

"I've even questioned putting vulnerable people in an area like this when there's so much unsociable behaviour which has been going on for over three years."

Janis said she isn't against containers being built, such as these 10 year ones, but says she wasn't informed of further consultations

'We wrote to residents to comment on proposals'

An Ealing Council spokesman did not comment on whether initial plans had been altered, but said: "We wrote to residents in 2015 to give them a chance to view and comment on proposals to build temporary modular housing for families on the site of disused garages.

"The location and size of the buildings have been built in line with the original proposals following planning approval in March 2016."

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Should container housing be built that close to homes?

Labour Councillor Ciaran McCartan told getwestlondon: "Planning consent was obtained last year for the council to deliver modular homes.

"Wider residents were advised of the general nature of the project in Dec 2015 and in the past few months individual correspondence has been made with those residents and property owners who adjoin the site.

Bordars Walk in Ealing borough, where the 10-year temporary housing has been put up. Pic: Google Maps

"There will be an "open house" day at some point next month which will enable local residents to take a look at the site."

'Containers are better than being homeless'

After posting the images into a west London Facebook group, Ealing residents were divided in response to Mrs Hawkins' concern.

Some were "properly shocked" at the sight, with one social media user saying: "I for one would be livid if that was the new vista from my house and therefore have sympathy.

"It does seem a tad monstrous from the photos - that is despite recognising the need for homes and these being a smart idea in many ways."

The planning application which was submitted in 2015

Although Mrs Hawkins said the proximity was her worry, some commented on the post saying it is for the vulnerable and "it's better than people being homeless".

Others remarked that it was how close they were to people's homes that were the issue and proposed other sites in the borough.

One reader said: "We need shipping container houses in Hanwell then better places to put them surely - the Peugeot garage site before they redevelop it for example ? Warren farm?"

The facts and figures of the planning application

  • Marston Court will provide 34 homes which will be used as temporary accommodation for families facing homelessness while more permanent places can be found for them.
  • Modular homes are one of the ways the council are working to "boost the borough’s housing supply and reduce the council’s reliance on bed and breakfast accommodation" which is expensive and not ideal for families.
  • The homes have planning permission for 10 years.
  • The site also features, landscaping, a playground, a laundry room and cycle parking.

  • Previously there were garages on the council-owned site.

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