Lichfield City Centre masterplan and design code

The developments that we build impact our future heritage, the success of our local economy and the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors. It is vital that we get the buildings we erect right.

Lichfield District Council is creating a Lichfield City Centre Masterplan which will identify the key projects we are committed to delivering by 2026.

The masterplan will be updated every year to ensure that targets are being achieved and that the plans and priorities remain relevant to the evolution of Lichfield District as a destination location.

In addition to the masterplan, we are also co-designing the Local Design Code with residents and businesses to develop and agree the standards, quality and style framework that all new developments must comply with to ensure consistency and preservation of the heritage of the area. Implementation of the masterplan will take place over a number of years.

Alongside these developments will be the evolution of several strategies that will provide guidance for investment and may propose other projects to be brought forward. These will focus on public realm, car parking, connectivity, tourism, green infrastructure and residential studies.

A design code is a recipe for a place. It is a series of specifications for new developments, streets and buildings, which direct how they will look and feel.

This document is a toolkit that will enable the creation of sustainable and beautiful new development on Lichfield’s Birmingham Road Site.

View our design code here.

It sets out a simple design methodology, the high-level principles and policies that guide development and provides a clear, visual design code for new streets, homes, commercial buildings, public realm, through fares and parks on the site.

The designs set out in this code have been co-created with residents through extensive online and in-person engagement, ensuring that they have popular support and are appropriate for Lichfield, as well as being rooted in the character and heritage of the town.

Birmingham Road Site

The Council has launched a Design Code for the Birmingham Road Site, developed through extensive consultations over two years with residents, businesses, and community groups. This rigorous engagement process has produced a set of guidelines that respect Lichfield’s architectural heritage while promoting high standards of construction.
You can download the Design Code here.

The code outlines essential criteria for building scale, style, materials, and heritage-compatible features, distinguishing between mandatory “must” standards and recommended “should” guidelines. These rules ensure that new developments enhance the historic city centre, reflecting the community’s preference for maintaining Lichfield’s distinctive architectural quality.

More information on the Birmingham Road consultation is also available on our website.

As we proceed with the design and development phases, this code will direct the architectural style, building dimensions, and aesthetic details, ensuring the site becomes a vibrant, attractive addition to our city that pays homage to Lichfield’s past.