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Planners give green light to Lichfield’s Friary Outer scheme hotel changes

A leading hotel chain is set to open on the new £14million Friary Outer redevelopment in Lichfield after planning chiefs gave the green light to design changes on the scheme.

An artist's impression of the new Friary Outer hotel

An artist’s impression of the new Friary Outer hotel

Premier Inn will operate on the site after minor alterations were agreed for the 79-bedroom hotel.

It is thought the business will create around 30 new full and part-time jobs in the city.

“It’s great news,” said Gavin Jones, from developer S Harrison. “We originally planned to have a different hotel chain on the site, operating a smaller hotel, but it’s a real boost for the city that the planning committee has agreed the minor design changes to accommodate Premier Inn.

“With planning approval granted, we are on schedule to complete the whole scheme in 2013.”

Work on site is already underway on the first phase of the scheme to provide a new car park and public toilets that will be owned and run by Lichfield District Council, as well as 54 apartments for Bromford residents and six affordable homes. Construction work on the hotel is not scheduled to start until later in the year.

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