Former building society site in Lichfield city centre could be converted into cafe-bar

A new cafe bar is set to open in Lichfield.

Loungers Ltd has applied for permission to install new signage on the site of the former Co-operative and Britannia Building Society on Market Street.

The company describes itself as a network of “informal, neighbourhood food-led cafe/bars”.

It was founded in 2002 and currently has more than 50 locations across the country.

In a statement supporting its planning application, the company said: “The revitalisation of an existing building within a prominent location will contribute positively both economically and socially to the immediate area and the city more generally.

“The proposed use of the building, being opened to the public both during the day and at evenings as a family-friendly, food-led operation, provides a true public benefit.”

Full details of the proposal can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. Darryl

    1st March, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Excellent news! There simply aren’t enough cafe bars in Lichfield.

    If you could see your way to banning prams as well, you’ll fit right in to our current cafe system.

  2. Oli

    1st March, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    @Darryl, why settle on banning prams, when you can ban kids altogether? Now who else can we ban from our establishments…

  3. Oli

    1st March, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    On the plus side, it looks like they actually like families:

  4. Toast

    2nd March, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Given the size of the building they’re moving into, I’m sure pram access isn’t going to be a problem. Screeching feral children however…

  5. Oli

    2nd March, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    @Toast, the same could be said for some of the feral adults around town