Planning experts meet in Lichfield to discuss Government policy

Cllr David Smith (Leader of Lichfield District Council), Richard King (Strategic Director of Democratic, Development and Legal Services), John Rowe (Solicitor, Ansons), Nick Hardy (Director, GVA Grimley) and Andrew Thompson (Walsall Council)

Cllr David Smith (Leader of Lichfield District Council), Richard King (Strategic Director of Democratic, Development and Legal Services), John Rowe (Solicitor, Ansons), Nick Hardy (Director, GVA Grimley) and Andrew Thompson (Walsall Council)

Planning experts from across the West Midlands have visitied Lichfield to discuss government planning policy.

The meeting was a chance for the 70 visitors to look at national planning policy that focuses on how town centres should be developed in the future.

They used Lichfield City as a case study to see planning policy in practice, and to look at the impact of the recession and current trends in development.

Councillor Neil Roberts, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:

“We were proud to host the meeting, and to get involved in discussions about how local authorities should deal with applications for economic development – such as shops and offices. It is important for planners to meet periodically to make sure we all agree how national planning policies should be interpreted and put into action.

“Lichfield City is a good case study because, despite the economic climate, we still have a thriving centre which continues to attract businesses and development.”

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