Another chance to look at plans for Tinkers Green and Kerria 

Monday, 19th January 2015

RESIDENTS living in and around Tinkers Green and Kerria are being given another chance to look at plans for the major redevelopment of the estates at two drop-in events later this month.

The regeneration of Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and Kerria is Amington is a long-tem project which will see the two areas redeveloped at a cost of around £21.5 million.

A total of 136 homes will be demolished in a six-year programme which will see the building of modern homes fit for the 21st century.

Residents of the two areas were given a first look at initial plans for the estates in July last year and later this month, they will be given two more opportunities to review the plans, as well as talking to the consultants and architects involved in the project.

The plans now show the preferred option for each scheme, based on feedback received during the last round of consultation.

Both of the drop-in sessions are taking place on Saturday January 24th. In Tinkers Green, the session will be held at 49 Hastings Close from 9.30am to 12noon.

The Kerria session takes place at the One Stop Centre from 1pm to 3pm, with consultants and architects available for questions and comments at both venues.

The informal sessions are open to anyone who is interested in the redevelopment, as well as residents.

Outline planning applications are set to be developed later in the year. Once proposals are developed, there will be a further consultation with stakeholders. The final proposals will be submitted for consideration by the Council’s planning committee following approval by the Council’s Cabinet.

The examples of potential layout are all available on the council’s website under the housing section, where people can have their say.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy & Education, said: “This is a major long-term project to regenerate Tinkers Green and Kerria.

“We want to keep residents fully informed throughout the process and hope that as many as possible will be able to come along to one of these two drop-in events.”

The redevelopment programme is the first new Tamworth council housing building project since the 1970s. The project includes the demolition and regeneration of the two areas, at a cost of around £21.5 million. The project has been possible by Council Housing Finance Reform, freeing up money for councils to build homes.

Studies showed that some housing on the two estates were unpopular with many residents, outdated and unsuitable for current housing need.  A total of 136 homes are proposed for demolition across the two areas and it will take approximately six years to complete both estates, with Tinkers Green being redeveloped first.