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Plans for a new 98-bedroom care home have been criticised by Lichfield Civic Scoiety.

Developers hope to create the facility on land alongside the route of the Lichfield Canal at Tamworth Road.

The Macc Care Ltd scheme would also see 13 residential properties built on the site – which had previously been earmarked for a watersports centre.

Later proposals were approved for housing on the site, but the latest scheme has proven to be controversial.

The proposed layout of the site

A spokesperson for Lichfield Civic Society said that such a development would have “a significant visual impact” on the area.

“The society objects to this application on the grounds that the benefits accruing from the development are significantly outweighed by the harm it will engender to the local character of the area.

“The site, at one of the principal entrances to Lichfield, is one where two storey, lower density housing predominates.

“This scheme has a significant visual impact by virtue of being overly massive and, with the addition of 13 dwellings, an overdevelopment of the site.

“Additionally, it significantly harms and dominates the setting of Freeford House, a Grade II listed building.

“The scale and massing is altogether out of proportion in relation to adjacent properties.”

Lichfield Civic Society spokesperson

“This site is well distanced from any social facilities and local shops”

The developers say the care home would “ensure that the local communities have access to both the specialist care this home can bring”.

But the civic society question whether the location is right for such a scheme.

“The applicant states that the provision of this care home will be of some benefit to the residents of Lichfield, a city with an ageing population.

“They state that the site is well located to take advantage of city facilities – but most of Lichfield’s care homes are centrally located, affording residents, often without transport, easy opportunities to use local services.

“This site is well distanced from any social facilities and local shops.”

Lichfield Civic Society spokesperson

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

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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7 Comments

  1. The site plan is a classic in space utilisation. Very few car parking spaces and no excercise areas for the ‘care home.’ I notice there was no air quality report on the application site. This is not unusual with Lichfield Planning as they are in denial about such issues, but being within yards of the A38, air pollution must surely be importent to aging lungs.
    Many letters of concern have been sent from local people and representative organisations. The observations seem well founded and cogent. It is normal practice for the council to ignor these or have the planning officers declare them irrelevant.
    I think this is the third attempt from the developer to submit an upgraded plan that further maximises his returns. It looks more like a rabbit Warren to me. With no local facilities for such development
    and further road chaos once the Cricket Lane and Knowl Lane estates get under way, this has to be a poor concept for an area of the city already undergoing considerable change.

  2. While I agree with most of Mr Allso’s comments I would point out that air quality and the potential problem with noise from the A38 were considered by the District Council Planning committee when the previous proposal was put before them.
    I addressed them on the subject on behalf of the City Council who had recommended refusal. As a result the developer had to resubmit the relevant reports. My final argument to the planning committee was “would you want your children and grandchildren to live there? If not why should anyone else.” Many of them agreed with me, I presume the same would apply to the elderly residents of the proposed development.

  3. I apologise Bernard, I was not aware of your submission to the council. Clearly the government has introduced sanctions allowing development òn any site, suitable for housing or otherwise. Air pollution has been a long term concern of mine as (a little like coronavirus) you can’t see it but it is deadly. Thus the likes of the ‘By Pass’ and the many developments taking place on the south side of Lichfield will damage the local environment. There is much evidence for this. I am glad to join you in the condemnation of this development but suspect it will not influence those who have responsibility for the health of either those who might live there, or the wider community.

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