Kerria regeneration moves one step closer

July 1, 2015

THE application for the regeneration of the Kerria Centre in Amington is expected to be determined by Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee next Tuesday (July 7).

The 13-member committee will consider the proposal to demolish the existing three and four-storey 1970s maisonettes containing 36 flats and replace them with 44 new, modern homes. The existing shops would also be demolished and replaced with a supermarket retail store.

The Amington One Stop Centre will not be replaced in the new development, but the majority of the groups previously using it have moved to the Sacred Heart Church and other locations within the borough, while the remainder of the groups are being given help and support to find new premises.

Planning officers have recommended that the application be approved, subject to a number of conditions.

The Kerria application is part of a proposed £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.

The application to redevelop Tinkers Green by demolishing the seven three and four-storey maisonette blocks and building 108 new homes was approved by the planning committee last month.

The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and Kerria represents the first new Tamworth council house-building project Tamworth for some 30 years.

The next stage of the development will be the appointment of a building contractor for the two sites.