Friarsgate development moves a step closer as planning application is submitted

The Friarsgate development has moved a step closer after a formal planning application was submitted.

The regeneration of Lichfield city centre is expected to create around 900 jobs.

An artist's impression of the new Friarsgate development

An artist’s impression of the new Friarsgate development

Developers U+I, say Friarsgate will include a multi-screen cinema, a new gym, up to ten restaurants and approximately 25 shops. It will also feature 82 apartments, 11 townhouses and a landscaped public area.

Transport links will also be boosted by a new bus station, as well as 500 safe and accessible car parking spaces.

Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of U+I, said: “Today is an exciting day.

“After an extensive public consultation, we believe we have designed a scheme that will enhance the leisure, retail and residential offering in the community, with a design that preserves and respects the unique history and culture of Lichfield.

“It has taken a number of years for the proposal to come together, but we were determined to get the project right and are confident that our plans will deliver a development that enhances Lichfield and that becomes a cherished part of the city centre.

“We believe we have struck that balance with Friarsgate, and are excited to hear the outcome of our application.”

The final planning submission sees changes based on consultation comments, including a design of the residential apartments on St John Street that is in-keeping with their historical surroundings, improved access into the new development from the train station, and opening up views of the cathedral’s spires from New main shopping street.

Richard King, Strategic Director of Democratic, Development & Legal at Lichfield District Council, said: “We are pleased to have received the Friarsgate planning application.

“It will be considered by our planning committee in spring 2016.

“Local people can find out more about the planned scheme, view the full plans and comment online at”

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  1. Jacob's Creek

    3rd December, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Great news, but given the chequered past of Friarsgate, I’ll wait until the spade is in the ground before celebrating too wildly

  2. FiveSpiresLive

    3rd December, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    U+I, the newly rebranded name for Development Securities, does now at least have an acknowledgement of Friarsgate’s existence on its website. Some small progress at least. Submission of planning is certainly welcome and within the announced timetable, although the press releases always seem to be rehashing what’s been said many times before.

    United and Industrious, in case you were wondering.

  3. ILoveShippingContainers

    3rd December, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Great to see the design still looks like a batch of shipping containers bolted together with a brick facade stuck on.

  4. Darryl

    4th December, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I apologise in advance, but the design is utterly uninspiring. My concern is it will age, quickly.

  5. Thornton

    5th December, 2015 at 9:16 am

    @Darryl… Much like many of the plastic clad sheds thrown up in The 70’s. I’m past caring what it’ll look like as I realise that people who actually have a say don’t care either.

  6. FiveSpiresLive

    5th December, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Makes you wonder where the architects found their “inspiration”

  7. Nomad

    7th December, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Lego meets Mechano I suppose its what you call modern architecture fresh out of its 70s flat pack box

  8. SLADE74

    8th December, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Concrete blocks maybe its going to look like another army building like the Premier Inn and the accommodation block Green and Grey. I see no use of timber just harsh square boxes like the 1970’s. Look at Whiteley Shopping Centre looks great and stylish.