TAMWORTH residents are being invited to come and discuss options for the new housing to be built as part of the regeneration schemes at Tinkers Green and Kerria.
Following initial consultation exercises in July 2014 and January 2015, outline planning permission was given earlier this year for the £21.5 million regeneration programme to demolish a total of 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes across Tinkers Green and Kerria in Amington, to be replaced with 152 new homes in total.
These are the first new Tamworth council homes being built in Tamworth for some 30 years.
Now that planning permission has been granted for the two sites, the next step in the ambitious project is to put together a tender brief and procure a developer to build the homes.
Residents of Tamworth are being given the chance to have their say and make their views known at a consultation event being held at the Carnegie Centre in Corporation Street on Saturday October 24 from 10am to 1pm.
The purpose of this consultation is to gain feedback which will be used in the preparation of the final tender brief, including the external and internal appearance and environmental sustainability of the new properties.
The consultation is open to anybody with an interest in the redevelopment and regeneration of the Tinkers Green and Kerria estates, and residents living in and around the two estates are actively invited to participate and provided feedback.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy & Education, said: “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and the Kerria Centre is the biggest council housing programme in Tamworth for a generation and gives us the opportunity to build modern homes fit for the 21st century. It is a fantastic project which is massively beneficial to not just the residents of the two areas but to Tamworth as a whole.
“We would encourage anyone who is interested in this project and who has a view to come and share that with us at this consultation event. The involvement and input of residents is vital at every stage of this project.”
Anyone who is unable to go along to the event but who would like to give feedback is invited to complete a short survey, which will be available from October 13 to October 25 at https://yourhometamworth.wordpress.com/ .
Residents can also make their views known by contacting 0800 183 0454 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to give feedback or for more information on the events.
The redevelopment programme is the first new Tamworth council housing building project since the 1970s. It 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.