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An agreement has been reached as part of a plan which could see a new community of 1,500 homes created in Alrewas.

The quarry in Alrewas

Tarmac and the National Memorial Arboretum have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) around the potential development of Whitemoor Garden Village.

The land is on the site of a quarry and could see new homes, businesses and green spaces created from 2025.

The development would also include a school and community facilities.

Director of land and natural resources at Tarmac, Stuart Wykes, said the agreement with the National Memorial Arboretum had been an important part of the plan for the site.

“We are extremely grateful for the arboretum’s support for the Whitemoor Garden Village project at Alrewas Quarry as evidenced by the agreement of this MoU.

“Whitemoor Garden Village has the potential to provide much needed new housing in the Alrewas area while ensuring that green infrastructure and sensitive development is prioritised.

“Further, the Whitemoor Garden Village scheme will see significant community benefits including a new primary school.

“We are currently promoting the site through Lichfield District Council’s Local Plan process and we hope that this MoU demonstrates the strength of support for the scheme from a key local stakeholder.”

Stuart Wykes, Tarmac
An illustration of how the new community could look

Philippa Rawlinson, managing director of the arboretum, said the proposals could also see the creation of a new train station to serve the area.

“Nearly 25 years ago, a home for the arboretum was identified on restored quarry workings near Alrewas – Tarmac and its predecessor companies have been a key part of our story ever since.

“The signing of this MoU marks an exciting new phase in that relationship.

“We will be working closely with Tarmac to shape the plans for the new community on our doorstep, not least because we anticipate many of its residents will enjoy visiting or perhaps working or volunteering at the Arboretum.

“In their outline plans, Tarmac has included provision for a new train station, which would make a real difference to those living in the area, as well as visitors to the arboretum.”

Philippa Rawlinson, National Memorial Arboretum

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  1. I bet HS2 won’t be stopping at the ‘railway station’. Headlines are a bit misleading ‘in Alrewas’, although the article states ‘near Alrewas’. Another bit of our countryside to be eventually lost. At this rate it won’t be long before all the villages surrounding Lichfield will all join together and become part of Lichfield. Just because we are a city doesn’t mean we have to become a giant one.

  2. I could so easily make the same comments about developments that went on in Alrewas when I lived there. No Walkfield Road estate, no Mickleholme Drive, no Deepmore Close. No development where Alrewas Mills was. No houses on right of Somerville road. The list is endless and that was actually in the village. I wonder how many of the complainers live in houses that have been built on open spaces in the village ? The railway station was still running, taking people to Burton and Lichfield. Why would we want the HS2 to stop ? A local service would be brilliant and visitors could use trains to get to the Arboretum. This development isn’t even in The actual village !! I think it would be a great idea.

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