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1. Allow Sheds on Allotments Without Planning Permission

In 2011 a new development of around a hundred allotment plots was created on a field in Armitage, Staffordshire. The take up was rapid and within months local people were producing fruit and vegetables for themselves.

A number of small sheds were erected on some of the plots, but Lichfield District Council soon served notice that the sheds required planning permission as they are permanent and substantial structures, and should be removed immediately. Since then it has been made clear that should planning permission be applied for it will be denied.

We believe that a 6 foot by 4 foot shed does not require planning permission for the following reasons;
The sheds are small in size.
The sheds are not physically attached to the ground in any way.
The sheds have no services such as water or electricity.
The sheds are easily moveable.

Many other councils have decided that 6 foot by 4 foot sheds on allotments do not require planning permission, and LDC could do themselves. The reason given by one councillor was “it is sensible to allow allotment holders to have a small shed on site in which to store various equipment”.

Sheds are a valuable asset to allotments; they have an environmental benefit by removing the need to travel by car with a boot full of tools, as well as by linking with water butts to reduce the use of the water supply. They make allotments neater and tidier allowing tools and other bits and bobs to be stored when not in use.

The allotments have rapidly become a valuable resource to the local community, used by young and old alike, and accessible to so many because of the sheds. Without sheds there is a real danger the use of the allotments will become limited.

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2. Blair House Petition - Keep the School Run Safe!

For history and background to this petition please see the LARA web site: http://www.tell-lara.co.uk

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3. Save Lichfield's "Cathedral Walk". Vote No To Darwin Hall

Darwin Hall - Planning Application (07/00528/FUL)

Lichfield City Council has filed an application for permission to site a Community Hall (Darwin Hall) at the southern end of ‘Cathedral Walk’.

Cathedral Walk - is a 1Km long tree-lined avenue running from Sante Foy Avenue (soon to be Lichfield's southern bypass), through the heart of the new Darwin Park estate, emerging at Friary Gardens. Through its entire length ’Cathedral Walk’ offers stunning views of Lichfield’s greatest building, its 3-spired cathedral.

Whilst both ends of 'Cathedral Walk' are presently hidden from view by a scruffy overgrown hedgerow, as the accompanying pictures show, once the hedgerow is removed it reveals itself as a new ‘gateway to the city’ and becomes a strategic asset with the potential to boost the city’s image, business and tourism and enhance the welfare of its citizens.

Placing Darwin Hall at the location proposed in the planning application will obliterate the stunning views along ‘Cathedral Walk’ and destroy this new ‘gateway to the city’ and strategic asset.

‘Cathedral Walk’: “as iconic as the Cathedral Spires and Beacon Park - don’t let the decision-makers destroy it”

You may inspect the application and download associated plans online here:

http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/site/scripts/planning_details.php?id=13907

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4. Save Lichfield's 'Cathedral Walk'. Urge Decision Makers to Re-think Darwin Hall

Darwin Hall - Planning Application (07/00528/FUL)

Lichfield City Council has filed an application for permission to site a Community Hall (Darwin Hall) at the southern end of ‘Cathedral Walk’.

Cathedral Walk - is a 1Km long tree-lined avenue running from Sante Foy Avenue (soon to be Lichfield's southern bypass), through the heart of the new Darwin Park estate, emerging at Friary Gardens. Through its entire length ’Cathedral Walk’ offers stunning views of Lichfield’s greatest building, its 3-spired cathedral.

Whilst both ends of 'Cathedral Walk' are presently hidden from view by a scruffy overgrown hedgerow, as the accompanying pictures show, once the hedgerow is removed it reveals itself as a new ‘gateway to the city’ and becomes a strategic asset with the potential to boost the city’s image, business and tourism and enhance the welfare of its citizens.

Placing Darwin Hall at the location proposed in the planning application will obliterate the stunning views along ‘Cathedral Walk’ and destroy this new ‘gateway to the city’ and strategic asset.

‘Cathedral Walk’: “as iconic as the Cathedral Spires and Beacon Park - don’t let the decision-makers destroy it”

You may inspect the application and download associated plans online here:

http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/site/scripts/planning_details.php?id=13907

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