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Development of 750 new homes in Lichfield moves a step closer

A new 750-home development in Lichfield has moved a step closer.

A plan for the Lakes at Curborough development in Lichfield
A plan for the Lakes at Curborough development in Lichfield

IM Land says it has begun the search for development partners for the project in Curborough.

The company says The Lakes of Curborough development will include 233 affordable homes along with a new primary school, sports pitches and a centre for the Staffordshire Air Cadets.

Jonathan Dyke from IM Land said he was extremely pleased to be pushing the green light on the plans.

“We understand the importance of providing quality shared community facilities and have already developed strong links with Lichfield,” he said.

“We’ve been liaising with the Air Cadets to create a new home for them on the scheme. We’ve also recently sponsored the transformation of the St Mary’s public library, as they share our passion for creating new high quality community hubs.

“We want The Lakes at Curborough to also be seen as a real local asset and be a desirable new neighbourhood to live in Lichfield.”

Jonathan added that The Lakes at Curborough will benefit from improved access from Watery Lane and Netherstowe Lane, with new walkways and cycle paths also set to connect the new neighbourhood to the rest of the city.

“Placemaking is top of our agenda,” he said. “If you look at our scheme at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull, you can see the level of detail being delivered – the landscaping, playareas, cycle paths and walkways all offer a strong sense of connection, which is at the heart of all good communities.”

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15 Comments

  1. AnnS

    22nd October, 2019 at 11:05 am

    If this goes ahead it won’t be long before it joins up to the development at Streethay. Read the history of this proposal that dates back to at least 2013 and then read about IMs sponsorship of the new gallery space at St Mary’s in 18th March 2019. Talk about ‘currying favour’. Call me cynical.

  2. Roy Appleby

    22nd October, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I’m afraid people of Lichfield we are doomed to over population,congestion, gridlock, pollution and everything else associated with idiotic decisions and greed.

  3. Sue R

    22nd October, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    More over priced housing no doubt.. or maybe more retirement housing. Lichfield has out priced local people wanting to get on the property ladder. God knows why when shopping area is shocking, Lichfield has turned into a very snobby City.. Nothing like it was when I was growing up there. What an absolute shame.

  4. Philip Allso

    22nd October, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I am pleased to credit Lichfield District Council for opposing this development. They were overruled by The High Court. Such is the state of local autonomy. It would be interesting to know what tenure these properties will be sold on. Will it be freehold (unlikely)? Will they be a normal leasehold with realistic land rental increases? Will it be fleecehold which includes management costs and maintenance fees and might be sold off to foreign investors without restrictions? As the council rejected the
    plan are they obliged to adopt the roads, street lighting, refuse collection and infrastructure maintenance? I think potential purchasers should be sure on these points. There are developments where such problems have rendered the properties un-unsailable because of the rising overheads.

  5. John Moore

    22nd October, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    What about the fishery, what about the thousands of fish? Yet again the anglers get shoved out in favour of walkers and bikes, just like on the canals, oh, and what about all of the dog defication. The Lakes need management! 750+ houses will just fill the pockets of the developers and NOT bring positive benefits to Lichfield. Redevelop some brownfield sites not ruin our greenfield spaces. Why do you think LDC declined this development multiple times? Sajid Javid should feel thoroughly ashamed of his decision to overrule LDC on this matter.

  6. Leon Jennings

    22nd October, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    People have had to put up with increased traffic and inconvenience for the homes we all currently live in, raise our families in and create memories within. What if Boley Park or Darwin Park had been rejected years ago? It’s an easy thing to reject or oppose new builds but let’s not be selfish and appreciate that people were inconvenienced for the building our our houses, which most people will have soon forgotten once completed, and have helped to make Lichfield maintain its prosperity.

  7. Philip Allso

    23rd October, 2019 at 10:18 am

    @Leon Jennings….Your point is a good one but the significance of over development has been understood for some time. The green belts around cities were introduced to try to prevent urban sprawl and the Strategic Plan for Lichfield is supposed to control the impact of too much building in proportion to existing infrastructure and facilities. Naturally as the country’s population grows then housing has to grow with it. Sadly this does not mean that employment is integral with this growth and it has, in Lichfield, resulted in much commuter traffic. This proposed development is outside the Strategic Plan and is an opportunist speculation by a developer. As to Lichfields Prosperity, that is another very debatable topic.

  8. Nodge

    23rd October, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Y’all need to get out of your cars and get back onto public transport and good old fashioned walking. Yeah sure our 20th Century roads are congested at rush hour, but it’s way better during half term/holidays when parents aren’t shuttling their little darlings 1/4 of a mile to & from school. Small changes by many people will make all the difference.

  9. Sajid Javid

    23rd October, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    IM Properties are major tory party donors, funny that….

  10. Irenee Lowe

    26th October, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Today sat.26th oct. Watery lane was flooded within a few feet of the new homes built by orbit and situated on watery lane all residents were unable to get to there properties via Valentin way. My question is how can the government propose more homes when we can’t cope now with the deluge of water coming off the fields and watery lane closed off every time we get heavy rain .,what plans does the builder have to stop the flooding?

  11. Richard

    27th October, 2019 at 9:13 am

    At this rate 5 years from now average speed on the roads will go to 10 mph, parking will take an hour to find a spot. 10 years from now, I dread to think. The councillors will be getting some nice side bonuses for this one!

  12. Mike

    27th October, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    A lot of water comes of the tarmac and concrete from construction it v.can to some extent soak into a field but not into hard landscaping

  13. Johnneo

    27th October, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Details of the flood risk for WATERY lane are still on the planning application on ldc website. Not pleasant reading if you live in the new properties, although building design may mitigate risk. However if you can’t leave the estate it’s not much use.

  14. Smiler

    28th October, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    @Leon Jennings. What a pathetic comment?! Are you suggesting that anyone who lives in Boley Park, Darwin Park or any other housing development built in the last 20 odd years, isn’t in a position to voice concern?? At what point are they allowed to voice concern??

    You make a very silly point.

  15. Mike

    28th October, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    It’s been going on for donkeys years, I am here don’t want new houses the new houses are built and first sign of more and they join the first lot and so it goes on.

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