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Lichfield councillor vows to ensure Friarsgate consultants will create plan that is “affordable and deliverable”

A Lichfield councillor says he will look to ensure consultants working on the future of Friarsgate land create a plan that is “affordable and deliverable”.

The former Tempest Ford site, part of the area earmarked for the failed Friarsgate scheme
The former Tempest Ford site, part of the area earmarked for the failed Friarsgate scheme

The long-awaited city centre redevelopment scheme bit the dust after more than a decade in the planning.

Lichfield District Council will shortly appoint consultants to help find a way forward for the land left in limbo after the original project’s demise.

Cllr Colin Ball, Labour representative for Curborough ward and a member of the working group for the renamed Birmingham Road Site, has reassured residents that the consultants will not merely be another costly addition to the bill for the failed Friarsgate development.

Colin Ball
Colin Ball

“I pushed the Tories to set up the cross-party Birmingham Road Site working group after my election to Lichfield District Council in July last year to sort out the Friarsgate fiasco,” he said. “Unfortunately, it took them until October to call the first meeting.

“However, since then we have worked well as a group to rethink the approach on the former Friarsgate site and agreed that having a consultant, appointed by the district council to come up with ideas on how to proceed, involving local residents and businesses in the design process, was the best way to deliver a master plan for the site.

“As I continue to serve on the economic growth, environment and development overview and scrutiny committee, I will continue to work hard to ensure that once consultants are appointed they keep on the right track and deliver a plan that is both affordable and deliverable.

“I will be working to make sure that this in no ‘cut and paste’ job, but a genuine open and transparent process.”

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