A councillor has sought to calm concerns that a Lichfield city centre car park has been earmarked for redevelopment.
Residents will vote on the Lichfield City Neighbourhood Plan tomorrow (February 22).
But Cllr Paul Ray, a Liberal Democrat councillor on Lichfield City Council, said he was worried that residents believed the Bird Street car park and B&M building could be redeveloped after they were mentioned in the document.
“I am concerned from the contact I have had that there is a real misunderstanding about the Lichfield City Neighbourhood Plan,” he said.
“It is very important that voters are clear on this – the Neighbourhood Plan does not propose any specific plans for this car park area.
“The plan, which is proposed by Lichfield City Council, does not provide for any specific development in the city. The purpose is to set out a planning framework for Lichfield District Council when it makes planning decisions affecting the economy and employment in Lichfield.
“Therefore any development of this car park would not be led by the city council. It does not own the B&M building or the car park.”
Cllr Ray said the site had been included in the document as it had been previously discussed as part of Lichfield District Council’s overall Local Plan.
He added: “It was therefore felt prudent to add some conditions and considerations to this area under the Lichfield City Neighbourhood Plan.
“These conditions include the retention of car parking on site. There is no mention in Lichfield District Council’s Local Plan of the retention of car parking on site – this was specifically inserted into the Lichfield City Neighbourhood Plan by the city council to ensure that car parking would be properly addressed as part of any planning application for this part of the city.
“I hope that this clarifies the position. The neighbourhood plan is important in helping to promote and improve our local economy, tourism and employment. I do hope the residents of the city of Lichfield will support it.”