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Report backs plan for new homes and shops on former Lichfield factory site

A report has backed plans to build houses and shops on a former industrial site in Lichfield.

Proposals have been drawn up for the former IMI Norgren factory on Eastern Avenue.

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

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

Up to 70 homes could be built, along with a drive-thru restaurant and shops if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

The report, which will be heard by Lichfield District Council’s planning committee on May 8, has recommended councillors approve the proposals, despite the land being earmarked for industrial or business use in the local authority’s Local Plan.

“The applicant has provided sufficient information to demonstrate that the site is no longer viable for such development,” the report explained.

“Its redevelopment for food retail, bulky retail sales, a drive-thru and residential development will not impact upon the vitality or viability of Lichfield city centre and rather would aid in retaining sales within the city, rather than residents travelling elsewhere to such facilities.”

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4 Comments

  1. Concerned Citizen

    2nd May, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Who wrote the report? Was the Council’s Planning Department or the Developer?

    We need to create jobs in Lichfield so commercial premises may be a better option than yet more food outlets and drive them food places.

  2. Ross

    2nd May, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    The report will be from a council planning officer.

  3. Concerned Citizen

    2nd May, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    That should be ‘drive thru’ food premises.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    2nd May, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks, Ross