Master plan for Tinkers Green and Kerria unveiled

Sunday, 22nd February 2015

THE ambitious regeneration plan for Tinkers Green and Kerria will take a major step forward this week, when the master plan for the redevelopment of the two estates goes before the council’s Cabinet.

The regeneration of Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and Kerria in Amington is a long-term project which will see the two areas redeveloped, with approximately £21.5 million invested in the project.

A total of 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes will be demolished in a six-year programme and replaced with 152 new modern homes which will be designed to enhance and improve the two neighbourhoods.

The initial plans for the estates were first shown to residents at a series of events in July last year, where they were given the chance to discuss them with architects and council officers involved in the project. Feedback from residents was then was used to create a preferred option for both estates, which residents were given the chance to view at two drop-in events last month

The final master plan proposals – including extensive input from the consultation with the local communities – have now been drawn up and will be considered by the council’s Cabinet on Thursday.

Under the master plan proposals, 108 homes – made up of apartments and houses – will be built in Tinkers Green and 44 homes in Kerria.

The existing children’s play area at Linthouse Walk will be retained and upgraded, while in Kerria, a neighbourhood centre and shop, is included in the plans.

Once the master plan proposals have been agreed by Cabinet, an application for outline planning permission is expected to be submitted within the next month. The council will also seek to appoint a developer, who will be involved in drawing up more detailed plans for the two estates.

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 will allow us to massively regenerate those areas of Wilnecote and Amington, designing out crime and anti-social behaviour, giving residents they sort of areas they are proud to live in, as well as stimulating economic growth.

“The vast majority of residents in Tinkers Green and Kerria who have talked to us throughout this process have given their support to these plans, and we are very grateful for their involvement and input.”

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 replaced with 152 new homes.

It is expected to take approximately six years to complete both estates, with Tinkers Green being redeveloped first.