Tinkers Green regeneration application to go to planning committee

The application for the regeneration of Tinkers Green in Wilnecote is expected to be determined by Tamworth Borough Council’s Planning Committee next Tuesday (June 9).

The 13-member committee will consider the proposal to demolish seven outdated three and four-storey maisonette blocks containing 86 homes and replace them with 108 new, modern homes. The application also includes the upgrading of the existing children’s play area.

Planning officers have recommended that the application be approved, subject to a number of conditions.

The Tinkers Green 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.

The application to redevelop Kerria with 44 new homes will be determined at a later date, to enable officers to carry out additional assessments of the proposals relating to ecological and highway matters.

If the redevelopment programme is approved by the planning committee, it will result in the first new Tamworth council homes being built in Tamworth for some 30 years.

The next stage of the development will be the appointment of a building contractor.

June 4, 2015 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Phase 3

Phase 3 of the decant has now started which will be all remaining blocks at Tinkers Green – Saxon Close, Linthouse Walk, Leisure Walk and Cottage Walk. All affected residents are registered on Finding a Home 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 you on the process and your Independent Tenant Friend will be able to answer any queries and support you in bidding for properties. Marilyn can be contacted on the free phone number 0800 183 0454.

April 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Planning application submitted for Tinkers Green & Kerria redevelopment

The £21.5 million redevelopment of the Tinkers Green and Kerria estates has moved to the next stage, with the planning application submitted to Tamworth Borough Council.

The application proposes the demolition of 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes across Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and Kerria in Amington, to be replaced with 152 new modern homes. The plans show 108 homes planned for Tinkers Green and 44 in Kerria.

There are also proposals to upgrade the children’s play area at Tinkers Green, as well as provide a neighbourhood centre in Kerria.

Members of the public and other interested parties now have until April 16 to comment on the plans during the statutory consultation period. After the consultation has closed, the application will go before the council’s planning committee for a decision.

A developer will also be appointed, who will be involved in drawing up more detailed plans for the two estates.

If the redevelopment programme is approved by the planning committee, it will be the first new Tamworth council housing building project since the 1970s.

It is expected to take approximately six years to complete both estates, with Tinkers Green being redeveloped first.

March 23, 2015 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Master plan for Tinkers Green and Kerria unveiled

The ambitious regeneration plan for Tinkers Green and Kerria took a major step forward this week, when the master plan for the redevelopment of the two estates went before the council’s Cabinet.

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 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes will be demolished in a six-year programme and replaced with 152 new modern homes which will be designed to enhance and improve the two neighbourhoods.

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. Feedback from residents was then was used to create a preferred option for both estates, which residents were given the chance to view at two drop-in events last month

The final master plan proposals – including extensive input from the consultation with the local communities – were considered by the council’s Cabinet on Thursday.

Under the master plan proposals, 108 homes – made up of apartments and houses – will be built in Tinkers Green and 44 homes in Kerria.

The existing children’s play area at Linthouse Walk will be retained and upgraded, while in Kerria, a neighbourhood centre and shop, is included in the plans.

Now that the master plan proposals have been agreed by Cabinet, an application for outline planning permission is expected to be submitted within the next month. The council will also seek to appoint a developer, who will be involved in drawing up more detailed plans for the two estates.

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.

“It will allow us to massively regenerate those areas of Wilnecote and Amington, designing out crime and anti-social behaviour, giving residents they sort of areas they are proud to live in, as well as stimulating economic growth.

“The vast majority of residents in Tinkers Green and Kerria who have talked to us throughout this process have given their support to these plans, and we are very grateful for their involvement and input.”

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 replaced with 152 new homes.

It is expected to take approximately six years to complete both estates, with Tinkers Green being redeveloped first.

February 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Regeneration of Tinkers Green and Kerria take shape

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.

Kerria preferred option (pdf)
Tinkers Green preferred option (pdf)

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.

January 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

Another chance to look at plans for Tinkers Green and Kerria

If you live in and around Tinkers Green and Kerria, or are interested in the redevelopment of the two estates, come along and look at the latest plans at two drop-in events tomorrow (Saturday).

Residents of the two areas were given a first look at initial plans for the estates in July last year and later this month and now have two more opportunities to review the plans, as well as talking to the consultants and architects involved in the project.

The plans now show the preferred option for each scheme, based on feedback received during the last round of consultation.

Both of the drop-in sessions are taking place on Saturday January 24th. In Tinkers Green, the session will be held at 49 Hastings Close from 9.30am to 12noon. The Kerria session takes place at the One Stop Centre from 1pm to 3pm, with consultants and architects available for questions and comments at both venues.

The informal sessions are open to anyone who is interested in the redevelopment, as well as residents.

Outline planning applications are set to be developed later in the year. Once proposals are developed, there will be a further consultation with stakeholders. The final proposals will be submitted for consideration by the Council’s planning committee following approval by the Council’s Cabinet.

Come along and have a look.

January 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

Major £21.5m redevelopment plans for Tinkers Green and Kerria estates

A major redevelopment plan which will involve the demolition and rebuilding of parts of the Tinkers Green and Kerria estates is to be carried out.

Tamworth Borough Council will invest around £21.5 million over the next six years in the redevelopment of the two estates.

The decision to redevelop the areas was taken following an in-depth study of council housing in Tamworth, which found that some housing in Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and the Kerria Centre in Amington was unpopular with residents, outdated and unsuitable for current housing needs.

Consultation and ongoing feedback from local residents highlighted a number of issues with the area and in particular dissatisfaction with the available accommodation.

Feedback from residents also showed a majority wanted to see the estates redeveloped, with a large proportion in favour of demolition and rebuilding.

The rebuilding of the two estates is a long-term project which is expected to take at least six years to complete. A total of 136 properties are proposed for demolition – 100 in Tinkers Green and 36 in the Kerria Centre.

Secure tenants are being reassured that no household will be left without a home as a result of the rebuilding programme and will be supported by the council throughout the process.

The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and the Kerria Centre has been a long-term ambition of Tamworth Borough Council, but has now been made possible by changes to the way in which councils can fund housing. The final cost will depend on a number of factors, but the project is expected to cost around £21.5 million.

A hotline has been set up for residents and businesses who have concerns and questions about the redevelopment and what it will mean for them. It can be contacted on 0800 183 0454. There is also a webpage with frequently asked questions and answers, here

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