The £21.5m regeneration project is the biggest house-building programme undertaken by Tamworth Borough Council since the 1970s. It will see 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes being replaced with 152 new homes.
The job of designing and building the new housing estates at Tinkers Green in Wilnecote and the Kerria Centre in Amington has been awarded to housing and community regeneration specialist, Keepmoat Regeneration, subject to contract.
The Tinkers Green estate has already been completed. The 100 properties will be replaced with 108 and an upgraded play area.
All residents of the Kerria Centre have now been re-housed and prior notification of the demolition work has been submitted to Tamworth Borough Council’s planning department. Demolition is expected to take place early next year with the knocking down of 36 flats contained within three and four-storey maisonettes. These will be replaced with 44 new homes. The five existing shops will be replaced by a supermarket.
Outline planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of both sites and Keepmoat Regeneration will now finalise the design and layout of each area before submitting a detailed planning application to the council.
Keepmoat’s tender includes a requirement for residents living near both sites to be consulted throughout the design and development process.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and the 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. The appointment of a developer represents a significant step forward in the project and we are confident that Keepmoat Regeneration will deliver new housing estates that everyone living in the Wilnecote and Amington areas can be proud of.”