PROPOSED designs for the new Tinkers Green and Kerria Centre housing estates have been revealed to members of the public at two community engagement events this week.
The £21.5million regeneration project to build new council homes on both sites took a major step forward earlier this year with the appointment of developers Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE group.
Since their appointment, the developers have been busy working on the layout and detail of how the new estates might look and have drawn up plans for 141 new council homes to be built across the two sites.
These plans have now been shared with members of the public at the community engagement events, including layout, elevations and computer-generated images. The events gave residents living near the sites in Wilnecote and Amington a first look at the plans ahead of the formal planning application and consultation process, which will begin once the official detailed planning application has been submitted in the coming weeks.
Around 80 people attended the two events, where they were also able to consider new street names and vote on equipment choices for the new play area to be built at Tinkers Green.
The project represents the biggest house building programme by Tamworth Borough Council since the 1970s, with 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes being replaced with 141 new modern homes fit for the 21st century.
The proposals are to build 97 homes compromised of two, three and four bedroomed houses and one and two-bed apartments on the Tinkers Green site, plus a new play area, and 44 homes, comprised of two and three bedroom houses and one and two-bed apartments on the Kerria site, as well as a supermarket retail store.
Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, Cllr Steve Claymore, said: “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and Kerria is the biggest council housing programme in Tamworth for a generation and it gives us the opportunity to provide much-needed affordable homes that are fit for the 21st century.
“The community events went really well with lots of people taking the opportunity to have a look at the proposed layout and design of the new estates. The new designs look great and will provide stylish, modern council homes for current and future generations.”
Suggestions for street names are being reviewed and will be revealed in due course.
David Mellor, Regional Director of Keepmoat Regeneration, said: “We had a really good turnout at the consultation events and it was great to share the site plans with local residents. We had positive feedback all round and look forward to moving onto the next stage of pre-development.”
Residents will continue to be consulted throughout the development process, with the next stage being the submission of the formal planning application in the near future. Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project in the meantime can contact Tamworth Borough Council’s Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at [email protected].