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Lichfield Lib Dem councillor raises concerns over proposed new housing and retail development on Eastern Avenue

The former Norgren site on Eastern Avenue. Pic: Google Streetview

The former Norgren site on Eastern Avenue. Pic: Google Streetview

A local councillor says he has concerns about a new retail and residential development in Lichfield.

Proposals have been drawn up for 70 new homes, a KFC drive-thru and a larger Lidl store on the former Norgren site on Eastern Avenue.

But Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Ray says planning chiefs must ensure affordable housing is at the heart of the development.

“The Liberal Democrats strongly support more affordable housing in the Lichfield and Burntwood area and the council does need to deliver many more affordable homes than it has delivered in recent years,” he said.

Paul Ray

Paul Ray

“The local plan for Lichfield District states that the affordable housing need is 377 to 702 homes per year. But the overall housebuilding target for the district is 478 homes per year. This just shows the scale of the problem of the lack of affordable housing in our area.

“I attended the consultation about the proposed development at the former Norgren site off Eastern Avenue in Lichfield that was held a few weeks ago and have various questions and concerns about this development that will have implications for the whole of Lichfield.”

Cllr Ray has now written to Lichfield District Council to raise a number of concerns – including why the development has not been used for commercial purposes alone and whether issues such as litter and noise from the fast food outlet would be tackled.

In his letter to the planning department, he said: “Lichfield is a great place to live but it is crucial that we increase the amount of affordable housing in the district. What percentage is to apply to the residential element here?

“And the affordable housing must include not only the starter homes required under Conservative policy. Many people in particular young people will still not be able to afford these and so a large amount of rented social housing is essential.

“The retail element will comprise three or four units. Clearly we have to be sure that that would not have a negative impact on the viability of the new Friarsgate retail development.”

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  1. Roy Appleby

    21st November, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    What about the increase of hgvs around the area. Has that been discussed or just forgotten about?

  2. Peter

    21st November, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    A new KFC, Costa Coffee, Pizza Express, Zizzi and the Handmade Burger Company.

    Looks like we should find some land for a cardiac and obesity unit, to cope.

  3. AgitatorofPeople

    22nd November, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Wow he mentioned Social Housing, a shame he is nearly a lone voice, the rest of the mainly Conservative Local Council won’t give a damn what he thinks and out vote him.
    This is the problem when a council has a massive majority by one party. Local councillors, voting in their own self interests, with no safety valve of a mixed party opposition to bring balance, Lichfield is slowly turning into a gentrified city of expensive luxury two bed apartments and fancy restaurants, a rail commuter satellite for Birmingham & London. The people in the local “community” are just something that use “public money” and are to be taxed at every opportunity.

  4. Adam

    23rd November, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Quote: “Clearly we have to be sure that that would not have a negative impact on the viability of the new Friarsgate retail development.”

    The development at Eastern Avenue is actually happening; the site is being cleared. Friarsgate has been in the discussion stage for at least 10 years with no visible sign of progress. We can’t wait forever.

  5. Darryl

    23rd November, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Would have been better to attract a business to the site. Good, well paid jobs, rather than retail minimum wage trash.