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Plans for community space and apartments to replace former pub in Lichfield

The Former Anchor Pub

Thu 10 Jan 2019

New plans have been unveiled to convert an empty Lichfield pub into flats and a community facility.

The Anchor at Streethay has been boarded up since January 2015.

There have been plans to demolish the building and create new residential accommodation previously, but the new proposals will see parts of the existing building retained.

Developers want to create a “flexible community facility” on the ground floor and demolish existing single-storey extensions to create four new apartments.

In a statement supporting the application, they said the prospect of the site ever reopening as a pub where almost non-existent.

“The site has been subject to marketing in order to continue its operation as a public house where interest has been limited to that of a brewery, but only if the site was subject to renovations costing £500,000,” it said.

“It is therefore clear that the continued use of the site as a public house is not viable where such an investment is not realistic.”

The pub site was also accepted as an asset of community value by Fradley and Streethay Parish Council in July 2017 – a move which saw a plan to demolish the building and replace it with three houses rejected.

There are no firm details on the plans for the community space element of the latest proposals, but the developers have drawn up layouts which show it could host a coffee shop or tea room-type facility.

The statement added: “The proposal involves the demolition of various modern single storey extensions and re-use of the ground floor as either a shop, cafe/restaurant, public house or non-residential institution.

“The first floor of the existing building would be retained as a two-bedroom apartment.

“A new two storey detached building accommodating four apartments would be constructed in place of the single storey extension to be demolished.”

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