Report recommends backing plan for new industrial units at Liberty Park development in Lichfield

A report has recommended councillors allow three industrial units to be built at Liberty Park.

An artist's impression of the Liberty Park development

An artist’s impression of the Liberty Park development

The land, at the rear of Lichfield Trent Valley station, has been earmarked for development.

But Fradley and Streethay Parish Council has raised concerns over an increase in HGV traffic and similarities to a scheme previously rejected in 2007.

There have also been 57 letters of objection from local residents.

But a council officer has said there are significant differences.

A report said: “The historic application [in 2007] was recommended by approval by the planning officer with the planning committee subsequently resolving to refuse the scheme on the ground of impact upon neighbouring residents from HGV movements, light pollution and loss of outlook.

“The applicant appealed this decision but also resubmitted an amended proposal. As a result the amended scheme was approved in 2008 and the appeal withdrawn. The suitability of the 2007 scheme has not been independently assessed.

“The development now proposed differs markedly to that submitted in 2007. It is evident that the current development is set further away from residents than the 2007 scheme and therefore, in combination with height and land levels, will be less visible from the rear gardens of nearby residential properties.”

A decision will be made on the development at a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s planning committee on August 15.

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