An artist's impression of the new development
An artist's impression of the new development at Kings Orchard Marina

Councillors have approved plans for new holiday accommodation to be built at a marina in Lichfield.

Highways concerns had been raised by local parish councils over the proposals at Kings Orchard Marina in Huddlesford.

But Lichfield District Council’s planning committee opted to give the scheme – which includes the provision of glamping pods, caravan pitches and lodges – the green light.

Cllr Joseph Powell, Conservative member for Little Aston and Stonnall, told the meeting he did have some concerns over the impact on the local road network.

“As someone who actually walks around there because it’s quite near to where I live, if you’re going to have a development like that you’ve only got narrow lanes to get up and down with vehicles.

“You have people using the area already with boats and the pub that’s up there – something is going to have to be done about that access as it’s not good enough.”

Cllr Joseph Powell, Lichfield District Council

But Mark Evans, from highways at Staffordshire County Council, said the planning application met national standards.

“I made a final site visit before I came to this meeting – there is sufficiently wide access there now with visibility splays that meet national standards.

“It’s wide enough for cars to pass and for caravans to turn in and out of.

“There are sufficient passing places down there should cars and caravans meet each other.

“The connection to the highway is, in national planning policy terms, safe and suitable – if we didn’t believe this, we’d have recommended refusal.”

Mark Evans, Staffordshire County Council

Councillors eventually opted to unanimously approve the plans, which will also see the creation of a new fishing lake.

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