AN estimated 19 new council homes for rent are set to be built on disused garage sites across Tamworth – and local residents are being asked for their views on the plans.
Eight under-used garage sites have been identified as being potentially suitable for the building of council homes – at Bloomfield Way in Coton Green, Kirtley and Cambrian in Glascote, Ferrers Road in Bolehall, Broadsmeath in Kettlebrook and Chestnut Avenue in Gillway.
The decision follows a successful garage redevelopment programme launched in 2011, in partnership with Bromford Carinthia Housing Association and Waterloo Housing Group. The programme has seen 12 former garage sites redeveloped into affordable housing, creating 54 new homes for households in need.
However, in this next phase of garage redevelopment, the new homes will be developed by Waterloo Housing Group latest homes will be built by Waterloo, but completely run and managed by Tamworth Borough Council, marking the first new council house building in Tamworth since the 1970s.
Local residents are being asked for their views on the proposed developments. Previous developments have been shaped by the views of Tamworth residents, which have been taken into account and used in the design of the new homes and the delivery of the schemes.
A drop-in consultation event on the three proposed developments will take place in the Carnegie Centre from 10am to 1pm on Saturday December 12 and anyone who would like to learn more about the redevelopment plans or to comment on them is invited to go along and make their views known.
The consultation is open to anybody with an interest in the developments, but existing tenants of the garages and residents living around the sites will be actively invited to participate and provide feedback.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy & Education, said: “Providing safe, warm and affordable homes for people in Tamworth is one of our top priorities and this ongoing project to redevelop under-used garage sites throughout the borough is helping us to increase the stock of affordable housing for rent.
“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. We will take note of the views given and use them to plan the latest new homes.”