Residents to get first look at plans for new housing estates

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

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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