Lichfield BID boss says “exciting times” ahead as Friarsgate development gets the green light

The new Friarsgate development means “exciting times” are ahead for the city, according to bosses at the Lichfield Business Improvement District.

An artist's impression of the new-look Friarsgate development

An artist’s impression of the new-look Friarsgate development

Planning chiefs approved the city centre redevelopment earlier this month.

The new project will see the creation of a cinema, gym, shops, restaurants and residential properties.

Morag Pringle, city centre manager for the Lichfield BID, said the development would be a boost for the area.

“Lichfield has the most amazing array of independent and unique shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a good selection of national companies,” she said.

“The new Friarsgate area of the city will allow us to bring in even more choice for our shoppers and added entertainment for local residents and visitors alike.

An artist's impression of the new-look Friarsgate development

An artist’s impression of the new-look Friarsgate development

“These are exciting times for Lichfield and I am looking forward to a prosperous future.”

Estimates from Lichfield District Council suggest Friarsgate will bosst shopping turnover from £55million to £107million by 2022.

Paul Maddox, Chairman of Lichfield BID, added: “We are keen to see improvements to the city centre that will help to attract more people, by offering greater choice.

“We hope to be able to work with the developers over the coming months, to ensure that we encourage a range of new businesses into Lichfield, that will complement the wonderful selection we already have in the city.”

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7 Comments

  1. Jon

    31st May, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    More reteric again! This is the third planning application given consent over the last 10 years. What makes this one likely to happen? The police need to move into a new station first which is not yet built or started. A number of businesses need to relocate yet .. I am sure though they will build the housing as I feel this is what they really wanted and why it was added in this new application

  2. Interesting

    1st June, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    @jon, you make some very astute observations.

    I had never thought of it, but it would make sense. Build some houses, then say it is not a good time to build a retail development, re-apply for the whole area to be housing.

  3. Darryl

    1st June, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Window dressing and fluff.

    Perhaps it’s an attempt to beat us all into thinking the ‘artists impressions’ shown are something, better than nothing.

    Because they’re bloody awful.

  4. Toast

    2nd June, 2016 at 8:40 am

    The BID scheme, like Friarsgate probably will be, has so far been the biggest waste of money going. Night Guardians? Great for the pubs. Radios? Only been given to bigger chain stores. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next, no doubt us smaller indies will see nothing of it. Despite us ALL depositing into the BID’s bank account in addition to our business rates.

  5. Martin

    2nd June, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Toast interested to know more..”Radios” what is meant buy that comment?

  6. Thornton

    2nd June, 2016 at 11:12 am

    People have a moan when nothing happens then when things start to happen they moan about everything changing. Is this just the British psyche? Its a good job people at the top don’t listen to the public all the time, its enough to drive one to insanity.

  7. Scribbler

    2nd June, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I love it all and everyone involved in it…apart from the design of the shopping area…the residential scheme that looks like offices…and the fact that after all these years of talking they still haven’t come up with a set of proposals that reflect the rich history and character of Lichfield.
    Also, this type of developments strangles the life out of the type of home-grown, small independent retailers that the BID team want to encourage.
    Aside from that, its fab and I don’t wish to be at all negative about something which is so important for the long-term future of the city.

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