Report backs plan to convert Packington Hall into apartments

A report has recommended plans to convert Packington Hall into apartments are approved.

An image of Packington Hall from the 1900s

An image of Packington Hall from the 1900s

The development would see the building divided into four properties, while surrounding commercial units would be replaced with 20 properties.

An objection had been raised by Swinfen and Packington Parish Council who said the proposal was an “over-intensive use of the brownfield site”.

The authority had hoped to see the project reduced to eight to ten properties instead.

But a report from a Lichfield District Council planning official has recommended the scheme be approved.

“The scheme will ensure the reuse and repair of an important heritage asset and it has been shown that the new units to the rear will enhance the setting of the Grade II Listed Building,” the report said.

Built in the mid-18th Century, Packington Hall’s most recent guise as a factory building for Gill’s Cables came about after the company moved to the site in the 1940s after their Birmingham base was bombed during the war.

The company – which restored large parts of the building during the 1990s – eventually left the hall in 2007.

A decision will be made at a planning committee meeting next week.

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