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Plans unveiled to convert historic hall near Lichfield into apartments

A picture of Packington Hall taken in the 1900s

A picture of Packington Hall taken in the 1900s

An historic building near Lichfield could be converted into apartments.

Proposals have been submitted to convert Grade II-listed Packington Hall in Whittington Heath into ten apartments and demolish factory buildings around the site.

The new owners of the site – which was bought in 2009 – had originally planned to return the 22-bedroom hall into a single property. However, according to the planning applications, the size meant the scheme “wasn’t considered viable”.

The statement adds:

“The idea of conversion to apartments was pursued in order to preserve and restore this once magnificent hall.

“The conversion involves res-erecting the original hall structure and window openings, many of which on the rear ground floor have been in filled and hidden by the factory buildings since 1945. Internally every effort has been made to retain the original walls.”

Built in the mid-18th Century, Packington Hall’s most recent guise as a factory building for Gill’s Cables came about after the company moved to the site in the 1940s after their Birmingham base was bombed during the war.

The company – which restored large parts of the building during the 1990s – eventually left the hall in 2007.

A historical report carried out as part of the application has confirmed that the restoration of Packington Hall can only be carried out if the factory buildings are demolished.

The application continues:

“The owner bought the site with the ambition to restore, not only the historic building, but the residential status of Packington Hall. Approval to demolish the factory buildings will have a tremendous impact on the setting of the Listed Building and remove the blight on the landscape.”

People can have their say on the proposals for Packington Hall via Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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3 Comments

  1. Barney

    6th September, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Another ‘developer’ cretin ruining history for their own greed!!

    I imagine they had flats in mind the whole time – not everyone wants to live in flats!

    The ones in Lichfield at the back of QMin are another example – in an awful location, right next to bars / restaurants, the residents will move in and be complaining about noisy revellers within a few months!

  2. N

    6th September, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Barney: I live in Swan Mews (behind the old Swan) which is equal distance from the bars/restaurants as the retirement ‘flats’ behind QMin. I can honestly say on a Friday/Saturday night there’s barely a low din, certainly nothing you can hear with modern double glazing.
    That end of town is quite quiet in comparison to the other end of Bird St (near to The Gatehouse/fast food places).
    I’m sure the developers of the apartments has central location in mind, as not all retired people are 100% mobile and being close to facilities in the middle of town is definitely an advantage.

  3. tyrone lucas

    19th November, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    i think its a great idea for the hall at least it will be looked after again