Regeneration of Tinkers Green and Kerria take shape

Thursday, 29th January 2015

RESIDENTS living in and around Tinkers Green and Kerria have had the first sight of the preferred options for the major redevelopment of the estates at two drop-in events.

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 homes will be demolished in a six-year programme which will see the building of modern homes which enhance the local area.

Residents of the two areas were invited along to two drop-in events at the weekend, where the preferred options for the redevelopment of the two estates were unveiled by property specialist GVA.

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.

The feedback from the earlier consultation was used in the creation of the preferred options, with the views of residents taken into account.

Nearly 70 residents came along to see the plans for the preferred options – 48 in Tinkers Green and 20 in Kerria – with the majority of them giving the plans their support.

An application for outline planning permission is now expected to be submitted in late February, following approval by the Council’s Cabinet. Once proposals are developed, there will be another opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the plans through the planning process.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy & Education, said: “This is a major long-term project to regenerate Tinkers Green and Kerria.

“We want to keep residents fully informed throughout the process and were very pleased that so many people came along to the two drop-in events, with the vast majority of them showing their support for the plans.”

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Studies showed that some housing on the two estates were unpopular with many residents, outdated and unsuitable for current housing need.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 it will take approximately six years to complete both estates, with Tinkers Green being redeveloped first.

The preferred regeneration plans.

Click on these links to see the preferred options for both sites.

Kerria preferred option

Tinkers Green preferred option