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Give your views on our draft design code

The design code for planned development on the Birmingham Road site is now available to see online, with local residents invited to give their thoughts on the new design document.

The code has been created using the extensive discussions with Lichfield residents during community engagement events by Lichfield District Council and urban designers Create Streets over the past year. Create Streets specialises in working with local communities and residents, using evidence on what is locally liked to create places that are beautiful, sustainable and also popular with residents and neighbours.

Design codes are a set of clear visual ‘rules’ on what can and cannot be done, and how buildings are designed. They can be used to help communities to strongly shape the look and feel of new development.

How BRS will be laid out

The code applies only the Birmingham Road Site, which lies opposite Lichfield City station.

Building on the site will have to follow the design code, meaning residents’ design preferences and ideas for the site will play a major role in its development.

Click through the e-book to see the design code for the Birmingham Road Site:

Have your say!

Residents are encouraged to get in contact and share their thoughts on the code by sending an email to edward@createstreets.com

How we shaped our draft design code

Lichfield District Council and urban design social enterprise Create Streets worked with Lichfield residents to shape design ideas for new development proposals on Lichfield’s Birmingham Road site.

Create Streets specialises in working with local communities and residents, using evidence on what is locally liked to create places that are beautiful, sustainable and also popular with residents and neighbours.

In June 2022, Create Streets and Lichfield District Council teamed up to start engagement work with Lichfield residents and stakeholders on new plans for the Birmingham Road site, focusing on how it should look, feel and function.

Lichfield residents were invited to use the Create Communities website to have their say on preferences for building types and also register their favourite, and least favourite, spots in the city. Create Streets have also been holding community workshops and stakeholder interviews, to gather wide-ranging input from residents on how the site can best meet their aspirations for the city. Feedback from the online platform and the community engagement work will help shape the site’s design.

Local people give their views

Local people give their views

A video detailing the Lichfield Community co-design work was also created:

The most popular places in Lichfield revealed by the Create Communities survey are Bird Street, Minster Pool and The Hub at St Mary’s Place. The least popular places are Birmingham Road, St John Street junction, and Swan Road.

The three most popular building types in Lichfield for the Birmingham Road site are Erasmus Darwin House, with 63 per cent of respondents saying it would be a very appropriate type of building for the site. Second, is Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace, with 55 per cent of respondents stating it would be a very appropriate building type for Birmingham Road site, followed by 20 St John Street, with 52 per cent.

In June 2022, Create Streets and Lichfield District Council then teamed up to start engagement work with Lichfield residents and stakeholders on new plans for the Birmingham Road site, focusing on how it should look, feel and function.

Lichfield residents were invited to use the Create Communities website to have their say on preferences for building types and also register their favourite, and least favourite, spots in the city. Create Streets have also been holding community workshops and stakeholder interviews, to gather wide-ranging input from residents on how the site can best meet their aspirations for the city. Feedback from the online platform and the community engagement work will help shape the site’s design.

The most popular places in Lichfield revealed by the Create Communities survey are Bird Street, Minster Pool and The Hub at St Mary’s Place. The least popular places are Birmingham Road, St John Street junction, and Swan Road.

First engagement phase

The three most popular building types in Lichfield for the Birmingham Road site are Erasmus Darwin House, with 63 per cent of respondents saying it would be a very appropriate type of building for the site. Second, is Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace, with 55 per cent of respondents stating it would be a very appropriate building type for Birmingham Road site, followed by 20 St John Street, with 52 per cent.

Results from the Create Communities survey and community workshops also revealed several shared talking points from residents on the city’s character and how the Birmingham Road site can best serve Lichfield’s needs.

Residents overwhelmingly prefer Lichfield’s traditional vernacular buildings, predominantly Georgian with red brick, symmetrical façades featuring clearly defined and detailed windows and doors. Discussions and data show that most people want the development strongly to reflect Lichfield’s historic character through a similar palette of materials, patterns and forms.

One major theme among Lichfield residents from all ages (not just young people) was a desire to see more activities for young people and young families. The cinema proposal will support this. However, there was a wider aspiration to do more including support for shops and food shops serving younger people and young families. (It’s worth adding that respondents were also very proud of the independent and small retail offerings in Lichfield.)

Signposting the way to Lichfield’s centre was an important theme. Residents were conscious that it was unclear how to travel from the bus and train stations through the site into the city centre. Residents also expressed hope that the site would be an attractive, exciting and welcoming entrance to Lichfield as you exit Lichfield City Station.

Getting around BRS

David Milner, deputy director at Create Streets said: ‘At Create Streets we are challenging the current convention of community consultation. We believe that you, the residents who live in Lichfield and know it best, should be involved from the outset. We are delighted that Lichfield District Council has asked us to play this role for the design of new homes, apartments, space for businesses and new streets on the Birmingham Road Site.

Results from the Create Communities survey and community workshops also revealed several shared talking points from residents on the city’s character and how the Birmingham Road site can best serve Lichfield’s needs.

Residents overwhelmingly prefer Lichfield’s traditional vernacular buildings, predominantly Georgian with red brick, symmetrical façades featuring clearly defined and detailed windows and doors. Discussions and data show that most people want the development strongly to reflect Lichfield’s historic character through a similar palette of materials, patterns and forms.

One major theme among Lichfield residents from all ages (not just young people) was a desire to see more activities for young people and young families. The cinema proposal will support this. However, there was a wider aspiration to do more including support for shops and food shops serving younger people and young families. (It’s worth adding that respondents were also very proud of the independent and small retail offerings in Lichfield.)

Signposting the way to Lichfield’s centre was an important theme. Residents were conscious that it was unclear how to travel from the bus and train stations through the site into the city centre. Residents also expressed hope that the site would be an attractive, exciting and welcoming entrance to Lichfield as you exit Lichfield City Station.

David Milner, deputy director at Create Streets said: ‘At Create Streets we are challenging the current convention of community consultation. We believe that you, the residents who live in Lichfield and know it best, should be involved from the outset. We are delighted that Lichfield District Council has asked us to play this role for the design of new homes, apartments, space for businesses and new streets on the Birmingham Road Site.

The Birmingham Road Site

The Birmingham Road Site

‘Considering how beautiful the centre of Lichfield is, there is a generational opportunity to match its rich character, improve the city and create a first impression of Lichfield, as you step off the train, of which we can all be proud.’

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