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Plan for 44 retirement apartments on site of former Lichfield city centre shop

Apartments for retired people could be built on the site of a former Lichfield city centre shop.

An artist's impression of the new retirement complex

An artist’s impression of the new retirement complex

Plans have been submitted for the development on land where the What! shop once stood on Cross Keys.

The land – which is currently used as a car park – had previously received approval for 35 apartments and two shops to be built.

But now McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd has unveiled proposals to create 44 ‘retirement living apartments’.

The new building would also include communal facilities and guest suite.

A statement supporting the application said: “The proposal will provide high quality accommodation which satisfies the needs and demands of the local area.

“It represents a sustainable residential development that will create an attractive and safe living environment.”

Full details of the proposals can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. The Scribbler

    16th May, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    “The proposal will provide high quality accommodation which satisfies the needs and demands of the local area.”

    Undoubtedly true as Lichfield-by-Sea appears to be fighting to become the retirement capital of the UK at the moment.

    But what about the “needs and demands of the local area” for affordable housing to encourage a greater mix of ages to remain in the city?

  2. John Griffin

    16th May, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    More top-end accommodation means more business for care businesses employing workers on minimal wages, and more complacent Tory voters. What’s not to like in ToryTown? Pip Pip!

  3. Rob

    16th May, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Go live in Walsall or somewhere if you don’t like Lichfield.

  4. John Griffin

    16th May, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t live in Lichfield, dimbo, I live in Burntwood. You’re a joke.

  5. The Scribbler

    17th May, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I do live in Lichfield.
    It would be good to believe my kids can afford to live here too.

  6. Rob

    17th May, 2017 at 11:09 am

    So you live in Lichfield District and constantly moan about it, amomgst your insults. Consider relocating if it’s making you so unhappy.

  7. Toast

    17th May, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Yeah, how dare you try and influence change in the area you live in for the benefit of all? The cheek of it.

  8. Rob

    17th May, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Benefit of all?
    Presumably most of tthe inhabitants already like it as it is, hence they’re not living in a monstrous concrete tower block in Brownhills.

  9. Toast

    17th May, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    You obviously don’t get it Rob. You’re only concerned with what’s happening in your little world, not the struggles of others.

  10. 假名

    17th May, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Rob, are you opposed to the apartments plan?

  11. Rob

    17th May, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    So no-one’s telling me what’s to the benefit of all.
    And no, I’m not opposed to the apartments plan.
    If I thought Lichfield District was so bad I’d move elsewhere, not try and change it to the annoyance of those who’re happy with it as it is.

  12. Steve

    17th May, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Could it be, that as apartments are not charged a Community Infrastructure Levy, that they have suddenly become so popular?

  13. John Griffin

    17th May, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Typical Tory sod-offery – if you don’t like it why not move to N.Korea/China/EU/and now Brownhills.
    I have 5 kids (from two families joined by marriage) aged between 36 and 32. The two youngest, one of them having a family, one child, a steady job etc cannot afford anything round here, and certainly not in Lichfield. Our extended families have 25+ year olds with families who have to pay £500+ a month rental for flats/maisonettes.
    That’s why we want affordable housing, for our kids in work, paying taxes, not drawing benefits etc. seemingly too much to ask, especially as so many companies are good at winkling out of affordable %, e.g. by small footprint developments, sheer effrontery, etc.
    Upmarket apartments for the retired are simply Shirley Porter style gerrymandering and cash cows for attached care facilities.

  14. John Griffin

    17th May, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    PS affordable housing is projected by the Chartered Institute of Housing to fall by 350,000 by 2020 as a result of Tory policies – abandoning social rents and increased Right To buy discounts for council tenants, with housing association tenants to get the same after the election (assuming Preident May’s strong and stable autocracy wins). That’s why manyu of us get angry.

  15. Steve

    18th May, 2017 at 7:23 am

    There is no common sense here. Older people often need more access to health services. Samuel Johnson is having its services and hours reduced.

    Virtually impossible to see a GP when you want. No convenient public transport….

    Satisfying demand in the local area. It is about developers looking to make money, from a new target group.

    Developers are after profits. Not to help the local community, or its needs.

  16. Darryl

    18th May, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Houses are good for taxes, commerce etc. but there’s a dearth of commerce and facilities in Lichfield, especially the south of the city.