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Lichfield residents will have a say on any changes to Friarsgate scheme

An artist's impression of the Friarsgate development

An artist's impression of the Friarsgate development

The Leader of Lichfield District Council has promised to keep local residents involved in the Friarsgate redevelopment project.

Councillor David Smith made his comments in response to an appeal by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant to ensure the scheme was in-keeping with the character of Lichfield.

Mr Fabricant said:

“I share the concern of many constituents who have told me that the visualisations they have seen showing stark while concrete walls is wholly inappropriate for Lichfield.  I understand changes have now been made better to reflect this and I suggest that the Council now publish updated visualisations to put local people’s mind at rest.”

But Cllr Smith has insisted reaction to the original designs was positive and that elements of the scheme could still change.

He explained:

“When we first consulted on Friarsgate we received lots of positive feedback about the development and its design. However, as with any major scheme, it is usual practice to adapt the designs until building work begins. That said, any major design amendments are always reviewed by the planning committee for approval, and when we make any, local people will get the chance to view them and give their comments.”

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