Homes to be built between two main Lichfield roads

By Kerry Ashdown | Lichfield | Property | Published:

More than 20 homes will be built on land between two main roads and a canal in Lichfield despite concerns about the impact of traffic on residents.

An illustration of the proposed development

The plans for 28 new properties on land south of Tamworth Road were previously considered by Lichfield District Council earlier this year.

But the decision was deferred so more information on areas including air quality impact could come forward.

There were also calls for a reduction in the speed limit on Tamworth Road from 40mph to 30mph.

Lichfield City Council had objected to the plans because of the location of several homes near the A38, which it was felt could lead to noise and pollution issues for the residents, and the access to the development being off a main road which could increase the risk of accidents.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust previously objected to the plans too but dropped its opposition after revised proposals were put forward.

Ownership of a 5m strip of access along the canal frontage and part of the bellmouth section of the canal is set to be transferred to the trust for the use and maintenance of the canal.

There were also six objections from residents for reasons including the location of homes near a busy road, congestion and impact on the canal redevelopment.

The application, put forward by J&J Properties, was recommended for approval by planning officers however.


And at Monday’s planning committee meeting nine members voted in favour, with one against and one abstention.

Nine affordable homes were proposed for the site in a planning statement, a report to Monday’s meeting said, and the development was set to include a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes.

An illustrative layout of the site showed open space proposed at the southern edge next to the canal.

Chontell Buchanan, an agent speaking in support of the application at Monday’s meeting, said: “The trust are happy with the development and improvements proposed on the site.

"This application provides much-needed affordable housing available for local people."

Kerry Ashdown

By Kerry Ashdown

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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