Residents to get first look at plans for new housing estates

Proposed designs for the new Tinkers Green and Kerria Centre housing estates will be revealed to members of the public at two community engagement events this month.

The £21.5million regeneration project to build new council homes on both sites took a major step forward earlier this year with the appointment of developers Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE group.

Since their appointment, the developers have been busy working on the layout and detail of how the new estates might look and have drawn up plans for 141 new council homes to be built across the two sites.

These plans will be shared with members of the public at the community engagement events, including layout, elevations and computer-generated images. The events will give residents living near the sites in Wilnecote and Amington a first look at the plans ahead of the formal planning application and consultation process, which will begin once the official detailed planning application has been submitted in the coming months.

As well as having the opportunity to ask any questions, residents will also be able to make suggestions for new street names on both estates and vote on equipment choices for the new play area to be built at Tinkers Green.

Details of the community events are as follows:

  • Tinkers Green plans: Monday, November 27, 5pm-8pm: Wilnecote High School, Tinkers Green Road, Wilnecote
  • Kerria Centre plans: Tuesday, November 28, 5pm-8pm: Presentation suite, Landau Forte Academy, Amington

The project represents the biggest house building programme by Tamworth Borough Council since the 1970s, with 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes being replaced with 141 new modern homes fit for the 21st century.

The proposals are to build 97 homes compromised of two, three and four bedroomed houses and one and two-bed apartments on the Tinkers Green site, plus a new play area, and 44 homes, comprised of two and three bedroom houses and one and two-bed apartments on the Kerria site, as well as a supermarket retail store.

Residents living near both sites will continue to be consulted throughout the design and development and the planned community engagement events are the next phase of that consultation process.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, Cllr Steve Claymore, said: “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and Kerria is the biggest council housing programme in Tamworth for a generation and it gives us the opportunity to provide much-needed affordable homes that are fit for the 21st century.

“It’s great to see the plans and designs taking shape and I’m confident that Keepmoat Regeneration will deliver new housing estates that everyone in the Wilnecote and Amington areas can be proud of.

“Consulting with local residents was a key part of the tendering process and we want those living near the developments to view the plans and have their say as the opportunities arise. People will also be able to leave a lasting impression on the estates for future generations by helping to determine the new street names, so I would encourage people to pop in to one of the forthcoming events if they can.”

David Mellor, Regional Director of Keepmoat Regeneration, said: “It’s very important to consultant with local residents when developing new housing schemes, especially ones of this scale, as it gives us an insight into how the development might impact the existing community.

“As a business, our goal is to build communities where people want to live and work. We look forward to sharing the plans with all those who attend the events and welcome their input.”

Anyone who has any questions about the regeneration project in the meantime can contact the Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or via email at housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

The previously approved outline planning applications can be viewed via Tamworth Borough Council’s planning portal at www.tamworth.gov.uk/planning, using the application number 0110/2015 for Tinkers Green and 011/2015 for Kerria.

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November 22, 2017 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

Tinkers Green demolition works to start

The demolition of the maisonettes and shops at Tinkers Green is now underway.

Work to demolish the blocks at Hastings Close started on Monday March 6 and is expected to take 12 weeks. This will be followed by the second phase, which will see the demolition of Cottage Walk, Saxon Close, Linthouse Walk and Stonehill Walk. This phase is expected to take 14 weeks to complete.

The demolition works are being carried out by City Demolition Contractors and will by mechanical demolition, rather than detonation.

During the works, the demolition site areas will be secured by temporary fencing, and various safety and information signage will also be displayed around the site boundaries. Operatives will safely manage deliveries and access, and will also assist the public in directing them safely around the sites.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to see the work starting on this site, allowing Tamworth Borough Council to deliver much-needed housing.

“The regeneration of Tinkers Green will transform this area for the benefit of the neighbourhood – and for Tamworth as a whole.

“As residents will understand, there will be some disruption during the demolition works and ask them to bear with us while the demolition and construction is carried out.”

All residents living close to Tinkers Green have been informed of the works by letter. Anyone with questions about the regeneration project is asked to contact the Housing Conditions and Supply Team on 01827 709709 or by email housingconditions@tamworth.gov.uk.

March 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Kerria decant update

The decant at Kerria has now started. All affected residents are registered on Finding a Home, have been put in Band 1+ and will now be able to bid on a new property.  The ‘When will I be moving’ fact sheet linked here has been put together to advise residents on the process as has a list of frequently asked questions linked here and the Independent Tenant Friend Marilyn is available to answer queries and support tenants in bidding for properties. Marilyn can be contacted on the free phone number 0800 183 0454.

Once complete the regeneration project will improve the quality and supply of affordable housing in the Borough but to achieve this properties need to be demolished and the tenants of the regeneration areas need to be re-housed to facilitate this.

April 22, 2016 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Compulsory purchase of land at Kerria estate

Notice is hereby given that Tamworth Borough Council has made on the 11th February 2016 THE TAMWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL (KERRIA ESTATE TAMWORTH) COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2016 under section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.  It is about to submit this order to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for confirmation, and if confirmed, the order will authorise Tamworth Borough Council to purchase compulsorily the land described below for the purpose of facilitating  the carrying out of development, redevelopment and improvement on or in relation to  the land, by comprehensive redevelopment comprising erection of dwellings, retail,  associated car parking,  means of access together with accompanying environmental, public realm and transportation works including highway infrastructure improvements to contribute to the achievement, promotion and improvement of the economic social and environmental well-being of the acquiring authority’s area

A copy of the order and of the maps referred to therein have been deposited at the offices of the Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth,  B79 7BZ and at Glascote Library, 80 Caledonian, Tamworth, B77 2ED  and may be seen there at the usual opening hours.  They are also listed on this website below.

Any objection to the order must be made in writing to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, National Planning Casework Unit, 5 St Philips Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2PW  before 18th March 2016 and should state the title of the order, the grounds of objection and the objector’s address and interests in the land.

February 18, 2016 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Discussion: Street naming in the new developments

Tamworth Borough Council are interested to find out your views on the naming of streets within the new developments at Tinkers Green and Kerria.

Do you think the developments should be given new street names or keep the old ones? If you think they should be renamed do you have any ideas about how new names should be selected or what the new names should be? Please leave a comment.

October 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm 7 comments

Compulsory purchase of land at Tinkers Green estate

Notice is hereby given that Tamworth Borough Council (“the Council”) has made The Tamworth Borough Council (Tinkers Green Estate Tamworth) Compulsory Purchase Order 2015 under section 17 of the Housing Act 1985. It is about to submit this order to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for confirmation, and if confirmed, the order will authorise the Council to purchase compulsorily the land described in the documents below for the purpose of the provision of housing accommodation and ancillary development on the land and other land on the Tinkers Green Estate Tamworth in accordance with the provisions of Part II of the Housing Act 1985

A copy of the order and of the accompanying map may be viewed below and hard copies can be seen at all reasonable hours at the offices of Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street Tamworth  B79 7BZ and at Wilnecote Library Tinkers Green Road Tamworth Staffordshire B77 5LF  (during usual opening hours).

Any objection to the order must be made in writing to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, National Planning Casework Unit, 5 St Philips Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2PW before 17th September 2015 and should state the title of the order, the grounds of objection and the objector’s address and interest in the land.

August 20, 2015 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

Kerria Centre regeneration application is approved

The ambitious regeneration plan for Tinkers Green and Kerria took a major step forward this week, when plans to redevelop the Kerria Centre in Amington by building 44 new homes were given the go-ahead by Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee.

Members of the committee voted unanimously in favour of the outline application to demolish the existing three and four-storey 1970s maisonettes containing 36 flats and replace them with 44 new, modern homes. The application also included the demolition of the existing five shops, to be replaced by a supermarket retail store.

The Amington One Stop Centre will not be replaced in the new development, but the majority of the groups previously using it have moved to the Sacred Heart Church and other locations within the borough, while the remainder of the groups are being given help and support to find new premises.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy & Education, said: “This is a much-needed regeneration which will bring vast improvements to the lives of the residents and for Tamworth as a whole.

“It gives us the opportunity to replace the outdated and unpopular estate with modern homes fit for the 21st century.”

The Kerria application is part of a proposed £21.5 million regeneration programme to demolish a total of 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes across Tinkers Green and Kerria in Amington, to be replaced with 152 new homes in total. These are the first new Tamworth council homes being built in Tamworth for some 30 years.

The application to redevelop and regenerate Tinkers Green by demolishing the seven three and four-storey maisonette blocks and building 108 new homes was approved by the planning committee last month.

The next stage of the development will be the appointment of a building contractor and there will be further opportunities for local people to comment on the detailed design of the re-development.

July 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

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