Residents have their say on Tinkers Green & Kerria plans

Tuesday, 27th October 2015

A CONSULTATION event aimed at giving people the chance to have their say on options for housing as part of the £21.5m regeneration of Tinkers Green and Kerria attracted 25 visitors.

The event was held at the Carnegie Centre and gave residents the opportunity to discuss the new housing plans, which will see a total of 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes across Tinkers Green and Kerria being demolished and replaced with 152 new homes in total.

These are the first new Council homes being built in Tamworth for some 30 years.

Planning permission for both sites was granted earlier this year, with the next step in the ambitious project being to put together a tender brief and procure a developer to build the homes.

The aim of the consultation event – which was open to everyone – was to gain feedback which will be used in the preparation of the final tender brief, including the external and internal appearance and environmental sustainability of the new properties.

A further 25 people have also given their feedback to the regeneration plans through an online survey, the Council’s Tenant Consultative Group and a visit to a sheltered housing scheme – meaning a total of 50 people took part and gave their views.

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 is a fantastic project which is massively beneficial to not just the residents of the two areas but to Tamworth as a whole.

“I am pleased to see that so many people are taking an interest in the project and took the time to share their views with us, because the involvement and input of residents is vital at every stage of this project.”

The chance to have a say on the naming of streets in the new development is also being opened up for residents to have their say.

Should the regenerated developments have new street names, or should the old street names be kept? If they are to have new names, what should those names be?

Anyone with ideas or comments is asked to comment online at https://yourhometamworth.wordpress.com/ or email regeneration@tamworth.gov.uk.

The redevelopment programme is the first new Tamworth council housing building project since the 1970s. It 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 was 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.