Plans to convert Lichfield hotel into homes get the go-ahead

The Angel Croft Hotel

The Angel Croft Hotel

A Lichfield hotel is set to be converted into apartments after planners approved the decision.

Nine homes have been proposed for the Grade II listed building on Beacon Street.

A statement supporting the plans said: “Although there are significant constraints imposed by the need to work sympathetically with the historic fabric of the building and the surrounding area, the building and its surrounds also represent a great opportunity for a high quality development that will give the building and the area new life, activity, and a viable long-term future.”

Uncertainty over the future of the building had been raised after it was named on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register.

And local history blogger Kate Gomez, from LichfieldLore, said before the decision that she hoped the plans would get a positive reaction.

“If something positive doesn’t happen soon then there is a possibility that we may lose it altogether and be left with nothing more than a vacant building plot,” she said on her blog.

“I hope that the Angel Croft will not be put at further risk by short sightedness and nostalgia about an unsustainable past.”

The building was originally a private house built around 1790, before being converted to a hotel in the 1930s.

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