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Council chiefs say a forthcoming consultation is “a great opportunity” for people to have their say on the future of Lichfield city centre.

A draft masterplan has been drawn up by town planning specialists on behalf of Lichfield District Council.

Proposals include the creation of four distinct quarters and a call to retain the historic character of the city.

Once approved, the document will shape future growth and provide a prospectus for outside investment in Lichfield.

David Lock Associates – the company that produced the draft masterplan – is holding a consultation in partnership with the council from 6th January to 3rd February.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for investment, economic growth and tourism, said:

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Iain Eadie

“This consultation offers a great opportunity for people to have their say on what Lichfield looks like in the future.

“We know people have been commenting online about the early release of the masterplan, so this is the chance to directly influence what the final plan looks like.

“The masterplan sets out four key developments for the city centre, while being mindful of the historic character and identity of the city.

“Some of these may sit well with lots of our residents and businesses in the city, while I am sure others might generate a lot of different points of view.”

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council

There will be public drop-in events at Lichfield Library on 17th January between 9am and 5pm, and on 18th January between 9am and 4pm.

Katie Christou, from David Lock Associates, said:

“The draft masterplan aims to be aspirational, setting out a clear direction for the future development of the city centre, but is also realistic, having regard to what is achievable and, importantly, deliverable.”

Katie Christou, David Lock Associates

Once the consultation closes, the feedback will be collated and reviewed with any changes made to the masterplan before it is considered by councillors in the spring.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

One reply on “Council chiefs say consultation is "a great opportunity" for people to help shape future of Lichfield city centre”

  1. “Some of these may sit well with lots of residents and buissnesses in the city, while I am sure others might generate a lot of different points of view.” (Cllr. Iain Eadie Lichfield District Council). That is… The proposal to divide the city into four sections as invented by the planners in Milton Keynes is the preferred option but, to comply with any dissenters, we will go through the motions of a public debate. And then apply the preferred option.
    One of the reasons this topic is not drawing comment is that the LDC is so discredited that most accept there is no legitimate consultation process. Mr Eadie’s tone of comment rather suggests this. Cynical I know but born of a decade and more of experience. Mountains had to be moved even to temporarily save the swimming pool. Incidently, if you have been to the newly created Milton Keynes you will have experienced shades of our fate. As the song goes, “Don’t it make you feel that way? You Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Change Paradise, put up more housing blocks!”

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