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Local Plan 2040 submission

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the submission of its new Local Plan to manage the amount, location and mix of housing, leisure and job opportunities across the district from now until 2040.

When they meet on 7 December Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet will be asked to give the go ahead for Lichfield District Local Plan 2040 to be submitted to the government’s Planning Inspectorate so it can be put forward for public examination.


Councils with planning responsibilities are required to make provision for housing growth each year based upon what is known as Local Housing Need. This is defined nationally, and Lichfield's requirement is to allow for 321 new dwellings each year, equating to 7,062 between 2018 and 2040.  


Over and above this councils are required under a Duty to Cooperate to help neighbouring authorities where they can. The evidence that underpins this review of the council's Local Plan has shown it would be sustainable to allow a further 4,500 dwellings to be built to help neighbouring authorities. Lichfield District Local Plan 2040 pushes back against this with an intention to accommodate 2,665 homes between 2027 and 2040 for neighbouring authorities. The Planning Inspectorate has stopped several other councils’ local plan reviews where they had evidence that they could help neighbouring authorities, but failed to make any provision to do so.


The council put forward its view on what it considers the Local Plan 2040 should say earlier this year, following a series of consultations. Submitting the plan now is the next official step towards it being tested at public examination and if approved, then adopted.


Lichfield District Local Plan 2040 sets out how future development is managed in the district, identifying the areas that are allowed to be developed, and what requirements and standards developers should meet in their proposals, such as providing electric vehicle charging points, energy efficient dwellings, transport choices, open spaces and infrastructure. Without an up-to-date, approved plan in place, the default position is that any application for housing and other developments in the district would need to be decided in line with the National Planning Policy Framework, rather than based on any local planning policies and requirements.  


Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Leisure & Local Plan, said: “After lots of hard work by our spatial policy team and a series of public consultations, we are now at the point of submitting our Local Plan 2040 to the Planning Inspectorate. This is a multi-year effort that started before the current council was formed and I’d like to thank everyone who has got involved in the process.


“I know people look around the district and all they can see is development and a lack of infrastructure. This comes from the current local plan that is in place and how the council had to allow for growth. 


“This local plan review makes provision for growth in housing and commercial uses at levels and in places we believe the district can cope with and in line with our statutory duties. It aims to preserve the district’s assets and make sure growth is sustainable with the right balance of infrastructure. Unfortunately, there is not an option for refusing to allow new housing to come forward. 


“By submitting the plan now, we are ensuring Lichfield District is proactive in managing its residents’ housing and economic needs and protecting its key environmental assets.”


If Cabinet agrees, the Local Plan 2040 will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and a public examination will follow.


The Cabinet meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 7 December. For the agenda, reports and a link to live-stream the meeting, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/decembercabinet.

Festive collections and digital 2022 bin calendars

Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service confirms there will be no changes to bin collections this Christmas and New Year.



With no disruption to festive bin rounds this year, and in preparation for the introduction of dual-stream recycling in the spring, bin calendars for Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough homes are now available to download at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bincalendar and www.tamworth.gov.uk/bincalendar.



Councillor Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change & Recycling, said: “As Christmas and New Year both fall on a weekend this year, our residents can put out their bins on their normal bin days over the festive period.



“We’ve taken the decision to only publish bin calendars online, as there are no changes to communicate for the festive period and we may need to tweak some bin rounds as we move to dual-stream recycling in the spring of next year.



“It will be much simpler to keep the calendars up to date online, and there is substantial environmental benefit from not printing and distributing calendars to around 80,000 households.



“We are working hard on our plans for how to introduce the blue reusable bags for paper and card recycling, which will include a multi-channel communications campaign to ensure households are fully informed about how the system will work and what it will mean to them.”



The new bin calendars are available online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bincalendar and www.tamworth.gov.uk/bincalendar.



Residents who do not have access to the internet are being encouraged to use the online services from their nearest library or to seek help from their family, friends, or neighbours. They can also call the shared waste service on 0345 002 0022 for help.

Post Office info

Don't forget therre is a Post Office at the Village Hall every Tuesday morning 10-12.

Send your parcels, do your banking and much more!


Sign up for 2022 garden waste collections

Green-fingered folk across Lichfield District are being encouraged to subscribe again for the garden waste service.

Online registration at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/mygardenbin is now open for the garden waste service, and Lichfield District Council is urging local residents to sign up again to have their brown bins emptied in 2022.

The council has held 2021’s price and it will cost £36 per brown bin for fortnightly collections in 2022. Next year’s garden waste service will run from 31 January to 16 December and customers will receive a maximum of 23 collections.


Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Climate Change & Recycling, said: “Thank you to everyone who signed up to our garden waste service in the last year.

“We’re now reminding all our residents that they will need to sign up again if they want their brown bins emptied in 2022.

“It costs the same regardless of when you register during the year, and your annual subscription will always end in December. This is why it makes sense to register before the first collection in 2022, so you can get a full year’s worth of collections.”

Sign up for the garden waste service at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/mygardenbin or call the Lichfield and Tamworth Shared Waste Service on 0345 002 0022.

“It is important to remember that your brown bin will not be emptied in 2022 unless you are signed up and have displayed your new sticker on your garden waste bin.

“We are also encouraging anyone who signs up not to cover up their 2021 sticker with their new one, so our crews know to continue to empty your garden waste bin for the rest of this year,” added Cllr Yeates.

Online Safety Advice for Parents

The Polce have sent a useful guide for keeping children safe online 

Click here Advice


Funding for Leisure and Hospitality Businesses

There is still funding available in Lichfield District Council's latest Additional Restrictions Grant round, focusing on the leisure, events sector (inclusive of hospitality) and their supply chain:

If you are:
- A Lichfield District micro or small business within the leisure, events sector (inclusive of hospitality) and their direct supply chain.
- Haven't received support from the Local Restrictions Support Grant, previous Additional Restrictions Grant rounds and the Restart Scheme.
- Seen a reduction in your net profits of at least 25%.

You may be interested in applying.

For the full eligibility criteria and the application form, visit: https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coronavirus-2/support-businesses-coronavirus-covid-19/7  

It is a limited funding pot which is first come, first serve. If applications outweigh the amount available, the application process shall be closed.

Report on July 2021 PC Meeting

The rearranged Parish Council meeting took place on 26th July at the Village Hall.

New plans had been submitted for the former Social Club site to address the concerns of the Planners and Conservation Officer, and the developers had been asked to provide evidence of how an alternative community facility could be provided to replace the closed club. A meeting had been held at the Cricket Pavilion to prepare a plan of work required for its use by the wider community.

Maintenance and electrical safety work had taken place at the Playground and new picnic benches had been delivered. It was agreed to begin enquiries about replacing the surfacing and the equipment in the longer term.

A resident had contacted the Parish Council regarding overgrown and impassable parts of the Rights of Way, these would be reported to the County Council Rights of Way team.

The Councillors agreed to discuss ideas for the long term needs of the village at the next meeting. Any residents wishing to suggest ideas please contact any Councillor.

There had been recent incidents of car theft and vandalism. Concerns would be raised with the PCSO and crime prevention advice would be shared with residents. Cllr Turley offered to investigate CCTV and report back to the September 13th meeting.

For further information please see the Minutes.

Grants on offer to help protect local homes from flooding

If your home or business flooded in February 2020 you may be entitled to a grant to help prevent your property from being flooded again.


After an extension to the national scheme, Lichfield District Council is inviting owners of homes or businesses that flooded in storms Ciara or Dennis in February 2020 to apply for a property flood resilience grant of up to £5,000.



Councillor Rob Strachan, Cabinet Member for Finance, Procurement and Revenues & Benefits, said: “We know how heart-breaking it is to have your home or businesses flooded, and we want to help make sure local properties are able to withstand possible future flooding events.



“This is why we’re inviting anyone who owns a property in the district that flooded in February 2020 to apply for funding to install measures to help make sure it doesn’t happen again.”



To be eligible for a grant, an independent surveyor will need to assess the property to advise on the best way to make a property more resilient to future flooding, such as putting in flood doors and raising electrics from ground level.



The funding can only be spent on flooding mitigation measures and cannot be used for repairs.



To find out more and how to apply for a property flood resilience grant, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/floodrelief.

Crime prevention

The Parish Council was concerned to hear about the recent car crime in the village. If you have been affected please report all incidents to the police so that they can build up a picture of what has happened and increase patrols of the village.

Please see our downloads area for advice on preventing thefts from keyless vehicles and for general crime prevention advice. This will help everyone take measures for their own security. We have contacted PCSO Costas Karpi to invite him to the next Parish Council meeting which takes place in September and will pass on any advice from the police in the meantime.