NEW plans for the major Lichfield City Centre redevelopment, Friarsgate, are going on display to the public this month.
The plans have been redesigned following changes in the economy since the leisure, retail and housing development was first proposed.
The designs include shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, a cinema, houses and apartments, as well as a new bus station and car park.
Lichfield District Council is working closely with its development partner, Development Securities PLC, to hold two open exhibitions to showcase the new designs.
This will take place in a vacant unit (opposite Greggs) in Lichfield’s Three Spires Shopping Centre on:
- Saturday 18 July, from 11am to 4pm
- Saturday 25 July, from 11am to 4pm
The open exhibitions will offer everyone the chance to see the proposals, discuss them with members of the project team, including representatives from Lichfield District Council, and provide their written feedback as part of the development process.
The detailed information boards will also be on display in the window of the same shop from Wednesday 15 to Thursday 30 July.
The plans will also be available to view online and to comment on at http://www.visitfriarsgate.co.uk/
Scott Davidson, from Development Securities PLC, said: “We are looking forward to sharing our revised proposals for Friarsgate and consulting with local people to gain valuable feedback. Our ambition is to create an exciting new mixed-use destination in the centre of Lichfield that complements the existing retail offer and further establishes the city centre as a thriving place to shop, eat and live.”
Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, added: “Lichfield’s Birmingham Road area needs to be revitalised in a way that will link up to and complement the rest of the city centre.
“If approved by our Planning Committee, Friarsgate will have a huge impact on our local economy. Projections are that it will create up to 630 jobs and help to boost sales and footfall to the whole city.”
Feedback on the proposals can be submitted online at http://www.visitfriarsgate.co.uk/, at the open exhibition events, or by post using the form which will be available at the public consultation event. All comments should be received by 5pm on Monday 10 August 2015.
All the feedback received will be considered and the designs will be updated as appropriate. The planning application will then be submitted to Lichfield District Council later this year.