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Permission granted for Lichfield city centre regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar

Lichfield District Council has granted planning permission for the regeneration of the city centre.

The Friarsgate development, in the centre of Lichfield, aims to create a major new hub for the city centre, providing new retail, leisure and residential space.

Property regeneration consultancy U+I held an extensive consultation process with residents, partners and local businesses, in order, Richard Upton, deputy CEO, said, to build support across the community.

He added: “We know we have a project that has the support and goodwill of the community.”

The plans, designed by architects Group Ginger, include a multiscreen cinema and a new gym, up to 10 restaurants and approximately 25 shops.

It is expected that the shopping turnover will increase from £55 million to £107 million by 2022. Additionally, the mixed-use development will offer 82 apartments, 11 town houses and a new landscaped public area.

The Friarsgate regeneration is forecast, said U+I, to create 1,000 new jobs in the community.

The approval is in line with the recommendation by the council's planning officers. Their report stated that the development is in a sustainable location and is in line with the local plan. It accords with the core planning principles in the National Planning Policy.

The report also says officers are, subject to conditions, satisfied that “there will be no adverse impact on protected or priority species and ecological habitats within and close to the site, highway safety, residential amenity of the character and appearance of the area no material harm will be caused”.

Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “We will be working closely with U+I and our city partners over the coming months to help ensure the new development enhances Lichfield overall and delivers footfall and growth to all areas of our city.”

Multi-disciplinary consultancy WYG provided the town planning and environmental services for Friarsgate.

More information on the development can be found here.

The officers report can be found here (pdf).

Image credit | Group Ginger