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Revised housing options for Lichfield and Burntwood debated

Councillors are set to discuss revised details of how Lichfield and Burntwood can meet its housing needs in the future.

A meeting of Lichfield District Council’s Environent and Development Scrutiny Committee this afternoon (January 7) will hear the latest proposals on land earmarked for development.

Back in September, Planning Inspector Bob Yuille told the local authority that a further 900 properties were needed by 2028 on top of the 8,700 that had already been identified in the draft Local Plan for the area.

Now a report to be heard at tonight’s meeting will highlight sites at Deans Slade Farm and Cricket Lane as fitting the criteria for new homes with developers ready to build.

The report admits that both sites had been considered before “public objection” had seen plans for housing growth in the south of the city reduced.

“Both sites are deliverable in the short term, assisting the council in the crucial need to achieve a five-year supply,” the report added.

“While both of these sites are in the Green Belt, they fit well with the existing strategy which is to locate the majority of the development to the main settlement of the district, i.e. Lichfield City.”

Meanwhile, Fradley could also face increased numbers of new housing, with the report saying land previously earmarked for employment use could be refocused.

“Originally, it was not felt that further expansion to the north west would be appropriate for residential development as this would further expand Fradley village out on a ‘limb’ to the north west, away from the school and community facilities,” the report explained.

“A single expanded school at St Stephens would lead to a limit on development of 1,000 homes. However, vehement opposition locally to the option of delivering a single, larger school has led to the option of a second primary school being pursued to serve the new community, removing the 1,000 limit to the amount of housing development.

“In addition, with a second school being located within the western quadrant of the consented site, extending residential development further (to Gorse Lane) would now not be so isolated from local services and
facilities, meaning this now becomes a viable and deliverable option.”

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