A series of drop-in sessions are taking place across Lichfield and Burntwood to allow people to find out more about the consultation process on the Local Plan for the area.

Lichfield District Council House

Lichfield District Council is seeking views on the document before the end of August.

The Local Plan 2040 will help define how the district will develop over the next 20 years.

Council planners are hosting drop-in sessions at: 

  • Fazeley Town Hall on 27th July from 2pm to 5pm
  • Fradley Village Hall on 30th July from 2pm to 5pm
  • Whittington Village Hall on 7th August from 10am to 1pm
  • Lichfield District Council House on 11th August from 2pm to 5pm

A date and location for the event in Burntwood is to be confirmed.

Councillor Iain Eadie, cabinet member responsible for the Local Plan, said:

Cllr Iain Eadie

“We have based our Local Plan 2040 on the needs of our growing district, on evidence, and feedback gathered through previous consultations.

“These drop-in events offer a good opportunity to ask questions and to find out how to give your views.

“As this is the fourth time we have asked people for their feedback on our emerging Local Plan, it is important to highlight that this time we are only asking people for comments around if the plan meets the legal requirements, if we have met our duty to cooperate with neighbouring authorities, and that our plan is justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

“Having captured views in our earlier consultations on where we should allow future housing to take place, we want to make sure the comments we receive this time are not dismissed by the Planning Inspector. It is therefore vital people comment on the specific areas and not on the wider plan itself.    

“I hope plenty of people come along and get involved, as it’s another chance to see the future plans for how the district will be shaped over the coming years, and to have your say if you think any parts may not be sound or legally compliant.”

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council

More details on the plan and how to give views on it visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/localplan2040.

Throughout the consultation period, planning officers are available over the phone to discuss the local plan or clarify any information between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday by calling 01543 308192.

Exhibitions outlining how the plan was developed and its main points are on display at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, Burntwood Leisure Centre and Burntwood Library. Reference copies of the local plan are also available on request at these venues.

The consultation is running until 5pm on 30 August 2021.

All comments received will be sent to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who will appoint an independent Planning Inspector to examine the submission version of the plan along with all the representations.

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  1. While they’re looking at this much vaunted local plan, is LDC aware of the rip off that is happening with the Backcester Lane car park that was recently transferred to Three Spires? After spending ages ‘refurbishing’ it to very little effect, it has been turned over to a parking company who are ripping people off. My daughter has been sent a whopping 100 pound fine for parking there when the tariffs were not supposed to apply. She is not the only one to experience this attempt at daylight robbery by a long way. Doesn’t LDC have a moral obligation to investigate this farce, since they were the ones who turned it over to a bunch of incompetents?

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