Proposals to build more than a hundred new homes on land in Fradley have been rejected by planning chiefs.

The proposed layout of the new homes in Fradley

Developers had hoped to construct 115 properties off Horner Avenue.

But the scheme drew objections from Fradley and Streethay Parish Council over concerns relating to the fact the land had been earmarked for employment use rather than residential.

Issues were also raised over highways concerns linked to the location.

A Lichfield District Council planning report said the proposals had now been rejected.

“The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposed access to the site and highways layout is acceptable.

“Both the access and layout are considered to be of a substandard design resulting in an unacceptable highways safety impact, both upon vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

“In the absence of an acceptable scheme of mitigation, the proposed development results in an unacceptable impact upon the wider highways network, specifically the Wood Lane/A38 junction in terms of its capacity and wider highways safety.”

Planning decision report

Full details of the proposals and the decision notice are available on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. Amazing! Planning actually refused for housing! Pity this didn’t happen before Lichfield and Fradley were ruined by the over development that has taken place in the last five years….

  2. Planners with b***s – how unusual (but most welcome). Let’s hope they don’t get chopped off during the appeal after appeal process and that they keep them for the next developers who try to play fast and loose with the planning process.

  3. Wow a planning application in the Lichfield area that has actually been refused! This event is rarer than hens teeth and I’m amazed that it didn’t make the main headlines on the national and come to think of it the world news today.

  4. I have been following with interest events leading up to the refusal of planning permission at land off Horner Avenue. The applicants for planning permission were Vistry HomesLtd/ Greenlight Development Ltd.The application states the provision of 115 residential units of which 40 of these would be social , affordable or rented residential units. The planning application further more states that the applicant sought Pre- application planning advice from Lichfield District Council( Ref :19/00912/PREAPP.) Pre-application planning advice is very much part of the planning system. Many local planning authorities put this advice in the public domain as they are aware that the Information Commissioners’Office will require them to do so if a request is made under the Freedom of Information Act and or the Environmental Information Regulations. The ICO has made numerous decisions on pre-application advice and these have required the local planning authorities concerned to put the information in the public domain. The ICO is in fact doing the recalcitrant local planning authorities a favour by cutting down on the costs involved in dealing with requests under FOI and EIR. There must be a possibility of Vistry/ Greenlight appealing the refusal of planning permission. It is therefore incumbent on Lichfield District Council to put in the public domain the Pre-application Advice for the land off Horner Avenue. Over to you Ward councillors to pursue this matter.This is what you have been elected for.

  5. Leslie Bache – I really want to understand what you are saying. I helped lead the resistance to this planning application. It would be great if you could contact me, Glen Bown, through the Fradley and Streethay parish clerk just so as I can see the potential danger. Thanks loads.

  6. Of course it’s been rejected… However if it was built upon Tamworths Borders it would of been overwhelmingly accepted

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