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Historic Lichfield brewery building could be demolished to make way for apartments

A structure which once housed part of The Lichfield Brewery could be demolished, despite council officials admitting it would result in “the loss of a building of local historic interest”.

Developers hope to replace The Old Brewery Maltings on Davidson Road with upto six apartments.

The Old Brewery Maltings. Pic: Google Streetview

The Old Brewery Maltings. Pic: Google Streetview

The site has most recently been used as a builder’s yard, but now the owners say a lack of parking and disrepair mean the building is no longer viable.

Lichfield City Council has raised “significant concerns” over the demolition of an historic site.

But a report to a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s planning committee has recommended the scheme be approve, despite concerns from its own officers about the loss of the site.

“Although the building is not listed, it does have some historic merit,” the report says. “The council’s conservation officer originally raised concerns as the planning statement makes little reference to the existing building and the nearby historic buildings.

“The building can be considered to be a non-designated heritage asset and its demolition would result in the loss of a building of local architectural and historic interest.

“The applicant has stated that the building is not listed and it could be demolished at any time. The applicant further states that the building is vacant and has little prospect of being put to a beneficial use.

“Any alternative use would require some, if not all, of the building to be demolished to provide a building that would provide modern standards of amenity and facilities.”

The report adds that the developer will need to ensure the future scale of any replacement structure does not impact on surrounding properties.

It continues: “While the loss of the historic building is regrettable, evidence has been submitted which states that the existing building would be unlikely to find a new acceptable use.

“Environmentally the site would benefit from an improved layout, and the character and appearance of the area would be enhanced with a building that provides openness.

“It is therefore considered that the proposed development is acceptable.”

A final decision on the future of the building will be made at the meeting of the planning committee on Monday (June 26).

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1 Comment

  1. John Griffin

    22nd June, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Who owns Lichfield’s heritage? Not the citizens, for sure.