Lichfield Road, Burntwood
The land at Lichfield Road, Burntwood is being promoted by Wallace for a residential development of approximately 300 new homes, including 30% affordable homes, informal and formal public open space, and locally equipped areas of play.
Lichfield District Council is undertaking a Local Plan Review to set out the policies and strategies for growth and development across the Borough until 2036. Lichfield is located within the Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area and as a result it is one of 14 authorities that need to plan to meet the outstanding needs of Greater Birmingham, which is some 90,000 new homes to 2036. To effectively deliver its housing requirement, the process will include a green belt review to release sites such as Lichfield Road.
PROMOTION & ENGAGEMENT
Proposal and Promotion
Through our detailed promotion we are proposing that Burntwood should accommodate a higher proportion of growth and part of that growth can be sustainably and appropriately met through the residential proposal Wallace are bringing forward at Lichfield Road. Wallace are working with the Council and the Local Members to provide a scheme that meets the needs of the community and offers sustainable benefits to the settlement. To this end it has been established that key concerns of the community are a lack of infrastructure and investment in healthcare in Burntwood. This proposal offers the potential to contribute towards local infrastructure and healthcare provision by way of Community Infrastructure Levy contributions.
The site at Lichfield Road offers strong boundaries to the Green Belt that include existing roads and a Public Right of Way. Existing hedgerows and trees form natural buffers to the site that would be enhanced as part of any development proposals. A high-level review of the settlement identifies that the west and north of Burntwood are constrained by designations such as the Chasewater Site of Special Scientific Interest and the logical settlement boundary formed by the existing bypass. To the north is Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, large pylons and topography gradients that would affect how any development could come forward. Land to the east of Burntwood is less constrained and performs a lesser role in terms of its contribution to the Green Belt. In addition, services are within easy walking distance and are readily available in the east.
Wallace has already prepared a comprehensive development framework report that was submitted to Lichfield District Council in February 2018 in response to their Site Allocations Plan (relating to their adopted part 1 Core Strategy). This report included a concept masterplan layout for the site, which took account of input from the wider project team, including detailed highway and ecology work. The report is currently being used in ongoing discussions with the Council and other key stakeholders and will be adapted throughout the planning process to maximise the development potential of the scheme and take on the comments from and concerns of the stakeholders we meet.
The site is in a highly sustainable location with good transport links and amenities. Wallace expect the Burntwood site to be a five to ten years development, delivering approximately 300 homes with associated infrastructure and open space.