The former shop on Upper St John Street. Picture: Google Streetview
The former shop on Upper St John Street. Picture: Google Streetview

A former shop could be converted back into a residential property if plans are given the green light.

The building at 169 Upper St John Street had once been home to Polka Polish, with the upstairs bedrooms used as self-contained flats.

But planning permission is now being sought to return the entire building back to a single house.

A planning statement said:

“The work will make the property into a warm and welcoming house again.

“No additional build is being proposed and no walls are being demolished or erected so the footprint will be unaffected – the ‘shop’ element of the property will be returned to an open plan living and dining space.

“The refurbishment programme will make the property more energy efficient, while roof repairs will reduce damp in the internal walls.

“A complete electrical rewiring will make the property fully compliant with modern regulations. A brand-new kitchen, bathroom and toilet will be installed.”

Planning statement

Full details can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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Hans Sachs
2 months ago

In the 50s, a portion of my youth was spent loitering around this shop, it being then the ‘tuckshop’ of the adjacent King Edward VI Boys’ Grammar School. Mrs. Barker (Ma Barker ) kept the shop and her cream buns and donghnuts were welcome, providing one could be obtained uncontaminated by her large black cat which snoozed behind the counter.
The unfortunate ‘boarders’ at the school’s Maple Hayes outpost found any extra food very welcome.

Steve Morgan
2 months ago

In my time at King Edward’s, 1956 – 1961, this Tuck Shop was run by Ron Acton and his wife.

2 months ago

Incredibly Steve some of the tuck from your era was still for sale in the shop when Maggie Acton was still running the place in the mid 1980’s !
How did we survive eating all that out of date snap 😂