Work set to begin on new retail park in Lichfield

Developers are set to start work on a new retail park in Lichfield.

Work will get underway in the coming weeks on the 58,000 square foot retail scheme on the former sites of Lichfield District Council’s waste and recycling depot and the old Martin and Field Factory off Eastern Avenue.

A Wickes store

A Wickes store

Developers Cranford and Bride Hall are behind the Lichfield Retail Park which will be home to stores such as Wickes, Halfords, Carpetright, Pets at Home and SleepMaster.

Robert Oakley, Director of Cranford Developments, said:

“It is always rewarding when building work starts on site, particularly when we are regenerating redundant brownfield sites such as this one. Lichfield Retail Park will offer local people a fantastic range of new shops, and I am sure it will be very popular with locals and visitors to Lichfield.”

Nigel Desmond, Managing Director of Bride Hall, added:

“Bride Hall are very pleased to be investing in Lichfield and are confident that the shopping park will prove to be great success.”

Work is expected to be completed on Lichfield Retail Park towards the end of 2010.

And Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, admitted he was pleased to see work beginning on the new development.

He said:

“We’re delighted that, despite the current financial climate, Lichfield continues to attract big named stores. This development is great news for the district, creating more jobs and opportunities for local shoppers to stock up on a large range of items without having to travel out of the district.”

For more information about the development contact Cranford on 01902 623838 or Bride Hall on 0207 493 3996.

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  1. Unconcerned Citizen

    24th November, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Well lets hope the traffics not to bad – but i know many are missing a consumer DIY store in.
    Also – a payment of 136,307 english pounds to the parish of which the development is in…
    That will hopefully benefit the locals who are most effected by the development if it is spent wisely.

  2. Phil

    24th November, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I can imagine the site will end up expanding, with supermarkets for one. In fact, it’s right next to Lidl anyway. I can imagine Tamworth BC might not be too chuffed as it will detract from Ventura. It’d also be interesting to know what plans there are for the road. There was a decent amount of moaning about the traffic impact of Lidl. This new development will obviously cause more traffic so I wonder if something similar to the changes to Church Street for the new Tesco will be included.

    And there’s friarsgate. Surely this will detract from Friarsgate (if it ever gets built). And could the money generated from the sale of land (however much that is – land registry has no info) go towards moving the police station so that Friarsgate can get underway?

  3. Class Crisis

    24th November, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    58,000 sq ft isn’t much at all. IIRC Tesco is now over 95,000 sq ft.

    Who does the land registry have as the owner of the site, I know the article says they had a facility there but is the land council owned? I’d look on the registry myself but I’ve just tried a map serch and I can’t visualise where on Eastern Avenue it is. I must have been past a thousand times over the years.

  4. Karl

    27th November, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Business is good for the local economy and a hardware store will be welcome. I can only imagine that more sets of traffic lights so close to a roundabout with lights and the new Lidl development will cause more havic to a road that is already busy during the morning and evening rush hours. How long will it be before the Friarsgate future development and this development gridlock Lichfield and make it an undriveable place to live. It wont be long before people will be demanding a northern bypass, you heard it here first….

  5. David

    23rd January, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    The development is not actually next to Lidl (for those that think it is), it’s between Rom and the Cycle shop – right opposite the tall flats. I do hope someone from the Highways dept reads this Blog as something will need to be done with the road layout as traffic will get backed up to the roudabout at trent valley, if it is left as it is. However, judging on past performance of the Highways dept and commitee, I don’t think the correct solution will be applied.

  6. Asellus aquaticus

    26th January, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The site is on Vulcan Road – so if you look that up on Streetmap or Multimap (or similar) you’ll find where it is.