Disused sites in Kensington and Chelsea have the capacity for at least 85 pop-up homes, a new report claims.
The empty areas would be perfect for the buildings, which are popular in parts of mainland Europe and cost half as much to build as conventional methods.
Research conducted by Conservative London Assembly member and housing spokesman Andrew Boff showed pop-up apartments in south London are being rented at £148 per week, almost a third less than the local market average of £210pw.
He said building the pop-up homes on the disused sites identified in the Royal borough would make a dent in the its housing crisis and lower the cost of renting.
“This realistic and sustainable housing solution is an un-tapped goldmine,” he said.
“I’ve said before we need to look at innovative ways of providing a diverse housing stock in our capital. These homes provide a fast, affordable solution that could help drive down the price of building and subsequently renting in Kensington and Chelsea and across London.
“The London Land Commission recently identified space for 130,000 new homes on public land and previous reports have shown there is potential for at least 85 homes on disused sites in Kensington and Chelsea alone.
"Why not utilise these spaces now by erecting high-quality, desirable homes that are genuinely affordable?”
Pop up homes are factory-built units which are assembled on-site and can be customised to match the appearance of surrounding areas. They often exceed building standards and safety regulations of traditionally built homes.
A spokesperson for the council said: “While we are particularly supportive of lower cost rented homes being made available for hard working Londoners, we have our doubts that 85 new pop-up homes would have an impact on the cost of renting a home in Kensington and Chelsea.
“Identifying sites for new homes is challenging but we are looking to utilise the land we actually own, and have ambitious plans for hundreds, possibly thousands of permanent new homes, which we hope will provide a range of tenures to enable families to live and work in central London.”