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Plans unveiled to turn empty Lichfield shop into hair salon

The Soda Streat store. Pic: Kenneth Allen

The Soda Streat store. Pic: Kenneth Allen

An empty Lichfield shop could be given a new lease of life if plans to convert it into a hair salon get the go-ahead.

A proposal has been put before planning chiefs at Lichfield District Council to redevelop the Soda Streat shop on Bird Street.

The application would see work carried out to convert the former sandwich bar into a salon.

The proposal states:

“The ground floor unit has been extended and modified from original, consequently it is currently very run down and does not have original or architectural features to speak of.”

Drawings submitted with the application show a proposed frontage for The Hair Kitchen. An internal mock-up shows plans for nine hairdressing stations in the new layout.

Residents can have their say and find out more information on the plans on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. mikei6

    27th October, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Just what is needed. What with opening soon opposite The Garrick, how many do we need?

  2. Pez

    28th October, 2010 at 11:09 am

    How about an estate agents? Or a restaurant? Lichfield is crying out for one of those!

  3. Freddy

    28th October, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    We need a sex shop. I’ve got a mac and nowhere to use it since the restraining order

  4. mikeyboy

    29th October, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    just be happy it’s not a charity shop !

  5. Bob

    29th October, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    As if we needed another 1! Disgusting! How many more hair salons can be crammed into lichfield. It’s becomin a joke!

  6. Fleur

    29th October, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    As a visitor to lichfield I was shocked at the amount of charity shops and hair salons there were c’mon council do ya rele think that’s wat people are lookin for in a cathedral city

  7. Pez

    29th October, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    It’s hardly “disgusting”. At least it’s filling up an empty unit. Just seems crazy that they seem to be popping up everywhere. There was one opened only the other week in Tudor Row (where the big pants shop once was).

  8. Pez

    29th October, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    And Fleur, it’s not up to the council what shops open up in the city. People start up businesses if they think there’s a need for it. Clearly a lot of people in Lichfield need their hair cutting.

  9. mikei6

    29th October, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I`ve solved the problem…..what with all the ethnic restaurants it`s going to be an Asian hair salon.

  10. mikei6

    29th October, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Freddy, get you n your MAC upto Elm St on 31st and you could have a blast.

  11. TOTTY

    29th October, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    The council need to look at how many salons are in Lichfield at the moment. 
    I think its disgusting that a salon is opening there in Bird Street where on the SAME ROAD there is another 7 salons…we are in a recession how are business’s in Lichfield able to cope.
    Does Lichfield REALLY NEED ANOTHER HAIR SALON!!!!!! 
    The standard of the hair salons in the town is already VERY high and it would not be fair to the salons that are already there to have a price war. They have supported Lichfield city over the years with business bring people to city. 

  12. Freddy

    29th October, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    There’s nothing worse than empty shops and (I think I read it on here) Lichfield has done relatively well with less empty units as a percentage than the rest of the region.

    It would be good to see something different but if no one opens one then it doesn’t happen. Blaming the council (when they don’t actually have direct control) is like calling for a soviet style planned economy in the city.

    We’ve got a Richer Sounds now and that replaced the Bald Buck which lets face it was a hole in the ground.

  13. Nick

    2nd November, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I bet Pez and Foxy were delighted when they found out there’s going to be somewhere new for them to get their domes waxed ;-)

  14. Pez

    2nd November, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Behave! I’ve still got a good few months of hair left on my dome! :p

  15. Simon G

    12th November, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    It has often been said that a community get the newspapers they deserve.  A similar this could be said of Lichfield shopping.  OK I don’t blame the council, if another hairdressers thinks that they are able to throw good money away on yet another hair messing establishment then why not?
    I understand that many of the businesses in Lichfield are strangled by high rents and struggling and I predict that within six months we will be examining another similar suicide attempt. There should be some guidance as to the types of business people want in Lichfield.
    OK then I DO blame the council…

  16. Jessica

    16th January, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I’ve heard that it is going to be an Aveda salon – must say that I am actually looking forward to it. It will be lovely to have a brand like Aveda in Lichfield!