Plan for task group set to oversee creation of public areas during Friarsgate redevelopment

A task group is set to oversee improvements to public areas created alongside the Friarsgate redevelopment.

Castle Dyke in Lichfield city centre. Pic: Google Streetview

Castle Dyke in Lichfield city centre. Pic: Google Streetview

As well as the creation of a cinema, retail units and apartments, the Lichfield city centre scheme will also see improvements carried out around Castle Dyke and Frog Lane.

Now Lichfield District Council is looking to develop a group to work with landscape architects Reform to finalise plans to improve the “visual enhancement” of these areas.

A report by Cllr Richard Cox to the economic growth, environment and development overview and scrutiny committee, said the public realm area would be key to the overall project.

“Castle Dyke is integral to enhancing and improving the legibility and connectivity from the transport hubs through to the historic core and retail centre,” he said.

Large parts of the area are currently used for on-street parking.

An artist's impression of the new Friarsgate development

An artist’s impression of the new Friarsgate development

But Cllr Cox’s report revealed that the Friarsgate scheme was hoping to change parking habits in the city centre.

“The proposed landscaping and public realm will prioritise pedestrian movement,” he explained. “Consideration will need to be given to removing elements of on-street parking.

“Provision will be made for ambulance drop off at Home Lodge House and spaces for drop off outside the Garrick theatre.

“The new street design will encourage blue badge car parking within the new Friarsgate car park rather than on street as currently.”

The report will be discussed at the meeting on Thursday (September 15).

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1 Comment

  1. Sj

    25th September, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Your really going to dump that in the centre of Lichfield you should be done for vandalism