Developers say they are “delighted” after planning permission was granted to build apartments for the over 60s in Lichfield.

An artist’s impression of the Pegasus Lichfield Bonds development

The £13.5million redevelopment of the Quonians Yard building and car park off Cross Keys will be carried out by Lifestory.

It follows on from the company’s Chapter House development on Monks Close.

The development – known as Pegasus Lichfield Bonds – will see 64 apartments spread across three buildings and feature independent living apartments, a communal lounge, social kitchen, patio area and gardens.

Mike Gill, Lifestory regional managing director, said:

“We are delighted that planning permission for the later living community in Lichfield has been granted.

“For every community we create we work alongside regional partners in the delivery and collaborate with the local community, keeping them updated throughout the key delivery milestones.

“We are all looking forward to creating these local links and becoming part of the Lichfield community.”

Mike Gill, Lifestory

More details on the scheme are available on the Lichfield District Council planning website.

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17 Comments

  1. Not wanting to sound ageist, especially as I am in my 50’s, but how many more developments do we need for people over 60 in the area. What about real affordable housing for the younger generation instead who struggle to get a place of their own

  2. There is plenty of evidence that the ‘Old Age Industry’ is a world of big business investors, and overseas accounts. The Panorama programme was damming in this regard. There is much profit in high fees and poor service.
    Why Lichfield Council has allowed such a large number of these establishments in the area is a mystery. Part of their balanced demographics no doubt? You have to be careful not to get run down in the city centre by geriatric transporters.
    Too late now of course. But there are always consequences as no one with means who saw Lichfield as a haven from the giant metropolis will want to come here. Unless it is to die in one of the many ‘care’ homes. Luckily they are building many tiny tacky houses to home the rest.

  3. I totally agree with Paul M. We need to bring the average age down, so more affordable housing. We are rapidly becoming a town for the elderly.

  4. The building over 2 bed flats for over 55’s (who are rapidly becoming the largest demographic group)is to encourage baby boomers to downsize. Making 3 and 4 bed houses available for under 40s with young families .

  5. Why is Lichfield building small homes all over the District? LDC’s local plan specifically call for small houses. This is crazy. We need decent sized houses with proper gardens, not tiny 2 bed boxes just so we can say they’re affordable. These high-density new build developments with all the tiny boxes and “affordable housing” being built south of Lichfield at the moment will become ghettos in the future, and similar to the most deprived parts of Lichfield today, i.e. Dimbles.

  6. What a sad missed opportunity. They could have created some small parts and crafts workshops and studios which would have reflected the heritage of the area. No vision LDC.

  7. Developers are delighted they’ve been allowed to build something. Bears are defecting in the woods. Coming soon: Pope’s religion revealed.

  8. There is a need to encourage empty nesters to free up their family homes. But as someone approaching that situation (and I love Lichfield and want to remain here with my friends and family) I’m keen to see more options. I have a dog, so apartment living just doesn’t cut it for me….but neither should I be moving to a small starter home which a younger person needs. Not all older people want to downsize to a flat! Smaller homes with some flexible space for visitors to stay and a small courtyard garden would be good…but all we seem to get is more of the same.

  9. I wonder how people would feel if swathes of new build accommodation were reserved for the under 40’s? Young people are finding it increasingly difficult to access more affordable accommodation precisely because flats earmarked for the older generation outnumber those available to younger age groups. This is a form of social engineering which keeps the generations apart and contributes very little to integrating people into their wider community. And the people benefiting are, as usual, the developers.

  10. For lack of better words.. this is complete pants.

    They never think of things the community actually needs. How about a museum? How about an art gallery, maybe some manner of culture? Maybe something for younger people to do? Presumably these don’t pay enough council tax for them.

    So we get more flats for the elderly, as if there weren’t enough already. God’s waiting room continues to grow. No doubt we’ll eventually find out some money changed hands behind the scenes otherwise I can’t phantom why anyone would think this is a good decision.

  11. We are very lucky to have Lichfield Live ! Thanks to Ross and the team for their tireless efforts.
    That said the council are able to initiate many schemes (especially building) because many in Lichfield do not access this site and thus are unaware of what is being agreed. This is the Achilles Heel in the digital media revolution. Many recieved information from the printed media as a peripheral when looking for small adds, house sales and local events. That awareness was an essential part of democracy. If you don’t know what is proposed you cannot do anything to stop it.
    This is not a negative reflection on this site. It is just a realisation that most citizens only see what has been agreed when the shovels hit the ground.
    Open a paid for weekly newspaper Ross. I feel sure we have learned our lesson and would support it.

  12. Hi Philip – thanks for your comment. We actually touched upon this in our weekly newsletter recently. As someone who began in newspapers, I recognise there will still be many, many people who access news and content through alternative means. Although Lichfield Live has now passed the 3,000,000 page impressions mark for the 2021 calendar year, we know there are still plenty of people we don’t reach. The issue with a newspaper is that it requires a significant cost investment that we would need to be prepared to risk. As a CIC we need to ensure that the small revenues we do make through advertising and reader donations are invested well. Print newspapers come with a distribution and logistical challenge and cost that would require us to fully understand the financial risk we would take.

    None of this is to say we wouldn’t do a print publication in future. We have already dipped our toes in the water on a funded publication for North Lichfield. This showed us the hours and support required at all stages from layout and design, print, distribution and marketing – and that’s before you even consider the need to have someone selling and designing adverts to fund the product long term. But as someone who is still a passionate believer in newspapers, if we can overcome these challenges and secure the relevant funding in future, then we’d certainly give it a shot.

  13. My personal opinion is that Lichfield can’t support a local newspaper. I would have happily paid for the Lichfield Mercury as that was the type of local news / articles that appealed to me. But thinking back we even had the Lichfield Express and Star with ‘proper reporters & photographers’ etc based in Upper St John Street and that closed many years ago due to lack of circulation.

    Lichfield Resi : We had a museum and we had an art gallery but both closed as they were not able to financially support themselves.

    But before everyone jumps on me with insults, as tends to happen too anyone commenting on here, this is just my opinion.

  14. Great!!! More homes for over 60s. You couldn’t make it up could you. As for people moving out of their family sized homes so younger people can buy them. It’s a great thought but a lot of young people can’t afford to get on the housing ladder never mind move up it. I am not being ageist. I am over 60 myself. This town is becoming a place for old people and nothing for the young. Don’t even get me started on the monstrosity they built on the side of the old library at the Friary. Again for ‘retired’ people. How on earth did they get the permission to erect that monstrosity. Never mind probably somebody who knows somebody etc.

  15. @P.O….. Briefly because this is really off subject.
    The Mercury was killed off, along with three other weekly papers, by REACH PLC. For months prior to this it had drastically reduced content and quality of the newspaper. It then pretended to suspend the paper but closed it soon after.
    When run properly the Mercury was a local paper with good reporting and good content. With modern technology there is every reason to believe it could be the same again as production costs could be much less.

  16. A sad fact but true old people need a lot of medical care and there seems to be no provision for more medical centres and doctors. This means that it is going to be nigh impossible to get a medical appointment as the existing services are already unable to cope with demand.
    We need provision for younger people which goes beyond “Little boxes made of Ticky Tacky” to encourage a better demoraphic in our city.

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