David Lock Associates, specialists in town planning and urban design, have produced a draft of the masterplan for Lichfield city centre, on behalf of Lichfield District Council (supported by Springboard, city centre characterisation specialists).

The consultation will shape the future growth of the city centre, set out opportunities for enhancing the quality of the environment and the range of different uses it offers, and provide a prospectus for investment in Lichfield.

In partnership with the district council, David Lock Associates is running a public consultation on the draft masterplan from Monday 6 January to Monday 3 February 2020.

A draft of the masterplan is available to read online, where you will also find an interactive consultation survey (making it even easier to give your views).

In addition to the online survey, there will be two public drop-in events at Lichfield Library on Friday 17th January (between 9am and 5pm), and Saturday 18th January (between 9am and 4pm). A team from David Lock Associates will be available at the events to talk through the proposals and to answer questions from the public. 

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, said: 

“This consultation offers a great opportunity for people to have their say on what Lichfield looks like in the future. We know people have been commenting online about the early release of the masterplan, so this is the chance to directly influence what the final plan looks like.

“The masterplan sets out four key developments for the city centre, while being mindful of the historic character and identity of the city. Some of these may sit well with lots of our residents and businesses in the city, while I am sure others might generate a lot of different points of view.

“It’s important we hear from a good range of people, and I hope plenty of our residents, visitors and stakeholders will join us and the team from David Lock Associates at one of our consultation events to find out more and give their views.”

Katie Christou, Associate at David Lock Associates, commented:

“The draft masterplan aims to be aspirational, setting out a clear direction for the future development of the city centre, but is also realistic, having regard to what is achievable and, importantly, deliverable.”

Once the consultation closes, the feedback will be collated and reviewed with appropriate changes made to the masterplan before it is considered by councillors in the spring.

To read the draft of Lichfield's City Centre Masterplan, and to give your thoughts, Click this link. The plan is also available upon request at District Council House, Frog Lane. Consultation on the project is due to close at 5pm on Monday 3rd February 2020.