Residents invited to ‘Meet the Developer’ ahead of major regeneration work

June 6, 2018

RESIDENTS are being invited to ‘Meet the Developer’ ahead of major regeneration work to build 140 modern new council homes across two estates in Tamworth.

A total of 96 new homes are being built in Tinkers Green, Wilnecote, and 44 in the Kerria Centre, Amington, as part of Tamworth Borough Council’s largest programme of housebuilding for a generation.

The multi-million-pound project is being carried out by the appointed developer, ENGIE’s regeneration arm, formerly known as Keepmoat Regeneration.

Existing 1960s maisonettes on the Tinkers Green estate have already been demolished and construction work on the new homes is due to begin next month, while demolition of the existing Kerria estate is expected to start this summer.

Residents living near both sites are now being invited to ‘Meet the Developer’ to find out more about the construction phase in preparation for this key project milestone.

Details of the events are as follows:

  • Kerria Centre plans: Monday, June 25, 5pm to 6.30pm. Presentation suite, Landau Forte Academy, Woodland Road, Amington. 
  • Tinkers Green plans: Wednesday, June 27, 5pm to 6.30pm. Common room, Wilnecote High School, Tinkers Green Road, Wilnecote.

Representatives from ENGIE and Tamworth Borough Council will be on hand at both events to provide residents with the opportunity to ask any questions and find out more about the construction phase.

Staff will also discuss the duration of the development and scope of the work, as well as practical details such as pedestrian and traffic routes, site working hours, contact details and measures being put in place to minimise the impact on surrounding communities.

Paul Clarke, Regional Director at Engie, said: “We are passionate about working closely with, and being part of, the communities that we serve and events like these are a great opportunity for local residents to meet the project team and find out about work taking place. We are looking forward to meeting as many of our soon-to-be neighbours as possible to develop communication links and start our considerate planning activities.”

The Kerria Centre scheme will see the existing three and four storey 1970s maisonettes being replaced with 44 modern new homes and a 360m2 supermarket retail store. The site will be made up of eight one-bedroom apartments, four two-bedroom apartments, 24 two-bedroom houses and eight three-bedroom houses.

Plans for the shops at Kerria Road.

Plans for the shops at Kerria Road.

The Tinkers Green estate will be made up of 24 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 44 two-bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses. An existing play area will also be upgraded.

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, the Cabinet member for housing services and neighbourhoods, said: “This project represents a huge investment in our council housing stock, with the aim of providing affordable homes that are modern, family-friendly and fit for 21st-century living. We’ve reached a key stage in the process and construction work is now imminent on the Tinkers Green site, with the demolition of the Kerria site to follow this summer.

Cllr Steve Claymore, the Cabinet member for heritage and growth, added: “These are significant developments and it is our utmost priority to keep residents informed throughout the project and to minimise any disruption during the coming construction works. We’d encourage people to take advantage of the opportunity to meet the builder so they can find out exactly what will happen and when, and discover who they can contact should any issues arise throughout the development.”

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 housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.