The £21.5m project to regenerate the Tinkers Green and Kerria estates by demolishing 136 houses, bungalows, flats and maisonettes and replacing them with 152 new homes has moved a step closer, after Cabinet agreed to tender for a developer to carry out the work.
Councillors also agreed that 100% of the new homes will be Council-owned homes for rent, in a drive to increase the amount of affordable rented property in the borough.
The tender process for interested developers will open in December and it is hoped that a developer will be appointed by May 2016.
Outline planning permission for the development of 108 new homes in Tinkers Green and 44 new homes and a convenience store at Kerria was granted earlier this year and will be one of the first new major council house building projects in Tamworth since the 1970s.
Studies showed that some housing on the two estates were unpopular with many residents, outdated and unsuitable for current housing need. Residents of the two estates have been consulted at every stage of the project and their views have been incorporated into the design of the planned new developments.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy & Education, said, “The redevelopment of Tinkers Green and Kerria 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 really good news for Tamworth, and particularly for these two areas of the town and I am delighted that we are now at the stage where we are ready to appoint a developer to make the project a reality.”
Members of the public are now being asked for their views on the naming of streets in the new development.
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?