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Report backs plan to replace Lichfield city centre building with apartments and shops

A report has backed plans to replace a city centre building in Lichfield with apartments.

Beaconsfield House. Pic: Google Streetview

Beaconsfield House. Pic: Google Streetview

Developers want to create retail units and 31 homes on the Beaconsfield House site in Sandford Street.

Lichfield City Council has objected to the proposals on the basis of inadequate parking provision, the height of the new five-storey building and “over-massing” on the site.

There has also been criticism over the design by Lichfield Civic Society.

But a report to Lichfield District Council’s planning committee has backed the plan, highlighting the changes already made to the scheme.

“The design of the proposed building has evolved and has been substantially amended during the application process,” the report said. “It now takes its cues from the buildings in the immediate vicinity.

“Much work has been undertaken between council officers and the applicants to seek a more appropriate design and as a result significant amendments have been achieved.

“It is considered that the proposal, subject to conditions, will not cause harm to the historic setting around the site, will not adversely impact on views towards Lichfield Cathedral, and will be physically well-related to its surroundings.

“The proposal will redevelop a building that is currently out of scale and character in the conservation area.”

The report also rejected suggestions that there would not be enough parking for residents and users of the retail units, citing that the new plan had created 32% of parking provision for residents, while a previously approved plan in 2008 had only provided 30%.

“It should be noted that there is a public car park located immediately to the north west of the site which could easily accommodate any visitors to the site,” the report explained.

“It is considered that such is the sustainable location of this site, the council should encourage developments which deter the use of cars as a means of transport.”

Lichfield District Council’s planning committee will decide on the site’s future at a meeting on December 11.

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1 Comment

  1. Ann

    5th December, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Cllrs. make you laugh don’t they.” the council should encourage developments which deter the use of cars as a means of transport.” because of course some of our Cllrs. don’t live in the real world or use cars…………do they? A cynical ploy to pack as many buildings onto a plot and not use land where there is no return on investment.