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Plan to convert Lichfield hotel into housing

A boutique Lichfield hotel could become two houses if plans are approved.

Proposals have been drawn up to turn Netherstowe House into two houses.

Netherstowe House Hotel
Netherstowe House Hotel

The listed building had previously been residential accommodation before being converted into a hotel in 2009.

A statement supporting the application said the location of the building meant it was not ideal for its current use.

“Netherstowe House is located within a predominately residential area some 2.5km from Lichfield city centre,” the planning statement says. “Local Plan Policy indicates the proposals for new hotel development should be directed within town centres.

“If an application was now made to use Netherstowe House as a hotel, or indeed any other economic development type of use, it is likely that the application would be refused since it would be contrary to national and local planning policies concerned with safeguarding the vitality and viability of existing town centres.

“In other words, Netherstowe House is located in an area that is not normally acceptable for such a hotel use.”

The statement added that the location had impacted on the business itself, with attempts to improve the entry to the hotel being refused by the planning department previously.

“The site has an access that is relatively long and narrow and not readily
apparent from Netherstowe Lane,” they said.

“The hotel has suffered throughout its existence in terms of guests and suppliers having difficulty finding the site entrance.

“Netherstowe House is a small boutique style hotel comprising of 14 bedrooms. It will not result in a significant loss of bedroom spaces within the city to the extent of causing a material adverse impact the city’s tourism offer.”

Full details of the proposals are available on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. George Burton

    30th May, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Am I reading this right netherstowe house is shutting down !!!!!!

  2. Steve

    30th May, 2019 at 10:52 am

    This is a real shame.

    Lichfield is losing it’s quirky factor and just becoming a generic big brand city.

    The city centre used to have unusual shops and I know people who used to travel for miles to visit them.

  3. Roy Appleby

    30th May, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Is there nothing that they won’t turn into housing

  4. Darryl Godden

    30th May, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    To be fair, the location is not ideal.

  5. Monica Ackroyd

    31st May, 2019 at 8:34 am

    A great shame! It was the fact it was out of the city centre that appealed to my friends etc when they visited the city. Obviously the intractability of the planners in the past has created the need to close. I’ve enjoyed good food there and sorry but the Premier Inns cannot compare.

  6. kipper

    1st June, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Had our wedding breakfast and celebration here after our church service in August 2016. Prior to that stayed at least twice a year and dined there; even though locals. Inkling before our wedding there was change a foot when the sitting room was ruined and turned into yet another room for afternoon teas; which we were only told about in the June. Feel they have totally lost their way. Know people who are hoteliers and they just laughed when I showed them the aparthotel idea. Huge pity, excuse of access very poor indeed. Two houses, with virtually no garden for either, and rentals either side hardly makes for a desirable house purchase; however perfect for a one house b and b me thinks.

  7. Philip Allso

    2nd June, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Not particularly surprising as it follows the trend of recent years. The iconic hotels and pubs are disappearing. Since I have lived here the Crown, Angel Croft and Swan have all gone and the George and Swinfen Hall have become part of a national chain of hotels (sadly). Times move quickly now and much different experiences are sought by the younger generation. The Swan might have been the premier coaching inn of its day and held a very prominent position in the life of old Lichfield but those times are no more. For those with a historic interest or perhaps just nostalgic this is sad. You look at Lichfield with new eyes now and take it as you find it. The lobby for more housing is an insatiable one. The city is being repurposed.

  8. David Dinenage

    13th June, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Please can someone confirm that Netherstowe has closed?

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