Housing crisis: a start-up from Bordeaux offers to build houses in private gardens

Housing crisis: a start-up from Bordeaux offers to build houses in private gardens

“You are there because you are interested in building houses in your garden or giving part of it as building land, or because you do not want your neighbors to build houses in their garden. Or finally, like us, because you are worried about the housing crisis, the fact that employees spend hours in the car or on the TER to go to work…

“You are there because you are interested in building houses in your garden or giving part of it as building land, or because you do not want your neighbors to build houses in their garden. Or finally, like us, because you are concerned about the housing crisis, the fact that workers have to travel for hours by car or TER to reach their work in Bordeaux or that students cannot find housing and that workers sleep in their cars. ..” It is with these words that Denis Caraire, director of the Social Impact of Living Cities, welcomed on Monday, December 18, about fifteen people from Gradignan who came to participate in the meeting proposed by the start-up from Bordeaux, specialized in urban planning.

A meeting aimed at inviting them “to become the decisive actors in solving the housing crisis”. Denis Caraire came up with figures: “Every year, more than 300 building plots are created in the Bordeaux metropolis, a significant part of which is due to the initiative of individual owners who decide to share their garden by donating part of it as land. to build. That represents 5% of the needs. If every year one in 100 owners decided to build a one-storey house on their land and share it, 1,700 additional houses could be produced per year, or five times more than today. »


Sébastien Boime, Me Olivier Chambord and Denis Caraire answered questions from the audience.

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Not a matter of size

We refrain from commenting in the audience. Thirty-year-olds, forties, retirees listen discreetly to their intentions and opinions. In any case, we do not decide, but explore the field of possibilities by answering the question: is there a minimum area of ​​land to have the right to build a house in my municipality? In other words: can a building permit be refused on a minimum dimension? “Not in a direct way,” say the speakers, Sébastien Boime, urban planner in Id de ville, and Me Chambord, lawyer specialized in urban planning. “It is not possible to ban land division and impose a minimum building plot. All POS (land use plans, editor’s note) that have such a restriction cannot be applied since the Alur Act,” the lawyer emphasizes.

“The PLU (local urban plan, editor’s note), on the other hand, imposes a configuration for buildings with zones where access lanes can be prohibited, with separation limits, a maximum footprint of the structure depending on the zone, or open spaces still imposed. There are so many elements that have consequences for the buildability, which probably makes the project impossible,” says the urban planner.

This is confirmed by the mayor of Gradignan, Michel Labardin, who joined the audience at the end of the meeting. “Certainly, on a plot of 500 m² A project will not cause any problems as a result of a plot division. » And to qualify: “Under this size, our services will be more attentive to avoid living in candles. We will assess each situation in its context…’

A new meeting is proposed for Wednesday, December 20 at Coworking, 144, avenue du Médoc in Eysines, at 8 p.m. And a toll-free number: 0 805 38 54 54.

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