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Plans for community space and apartments to replace former pub in Lichfield

New plans have been unveiled to convert an empty Lichfield pub into flats and a community facility.

The former Anchor pub in Streethay
The former Anchor pub in Streethay

The Anchor at Streethay has been boarded up since January 2015.

There have been plans to demolish the building and create new residential accommodation previously, but the new proposals will see parts of the existing building retained.

Developers want to create a “flexible community facility” on the ground floor and demolish existing single-storey extensions to create four new apartments.

In a statement supporting the application, they said the prospect of the site ever reopening as a pub where almost non-existent.

“The site has been subject to marketing in order to continue its operation as a public house where interest has been limited to that of a brewery, but only if the site was subject to renovations costing £500,000,” it said.

“It is therefore clear that the continued use of the site as a public house is not viable where such an investment is not realistic.”

The pub site was also accepted as an asset of community value by Fradley and Streethay Parish Council in July 2017 – a move which saw a plan to demolish the building and replace it with three houses rejected.

There are no firm details on the plans for the community space element of the latest proposals, but the developers have drawn up layouts which show it could host a coffee shop or tea room-type facility.

The statement added: “The proposal involves the demolition of various modern single storey extensions and re-use of the ground floor as either a shop, cafe/restaurant, public house or non-residential institution.

“The first floor of the existing building would be retained as a two-bedroom apartment.

“A new two storey detached building accommodating four apartments would be constructed in place of the single storey extension to be demolished.”

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

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  1. AnnS

    9th January, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I used to frequent the pub. Such a shame it will not continue to be one as I would have thought with all the new homes and no pub in this neck of the woods that it would have been a viable option. Don’t tell me……….is it the case that greedy developers will make more money from the sale of living accommodation.

  2. Philip Allso

    9th January, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    There was a village pub on television the other night. The developers said it needed £500,000 plus to restore it so wanted to make it appartments. The villagers took it over and independent estimates said it would cost £150,000 to put it right. A not uncommon scenario I suspect. There is much housing development in that part of the city and little in the way of amenities. Save The Anchor it is worthwhile and viable. Sadly I have little faith that the District Council will see it this way. I too have happy memories of the place but traditional Lichfield is becoming very much a thing of the past.

  3. Kerry Ball

    10th January, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Totally agree with AnnS with this massive housing housing estate keeping the pub would be ideal for the locals.There will soon be no fields left as Lichfield is just becoming one gigantic housing estate.Greed rules.

  4. Adam west

    10th January, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Searching for a quick buck here I think. I can’t believe it isn’t a viable business with the massive new development and nothing similar local (or at least in walking distance)


    10th January, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    More housing, yet there is no affordable houses to buy for local young families, single parents and single people. Despite many people working full time in the area this still unattainable for these groups of people, we need affordable homes which Lichfield residents can buy. There’s no point being ahead on house building sales if it’s profit over people

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