Views wanted on proposed leisure centre site

Stychbrook Park sign

Residents, businesses, sports clubs and community groups asked to comment on locating Lichfield’s new leisure centre in Stychbrook Park.

We have launched a six-week consultation for comments on the proposed change of use of parts of Stychbrook Park from open space to being the site of Lichfield’s new leisure centre which is being built to replace Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

A report was commissioned in 2020 which identified Stychbrook Park as the most suitable location for the new leisure centre in comparison to seven other council owned sites around Lichfield. One of these was the vacant Birmingham Road site which was discounted in favour of Stychbrook Park because of the size of the site, and the challenges associated with building a leisure centre in a conservation area. This site is also earmarked for development through the Lichfield City Centre Masterplan.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Major Projects, said:

“We know there is a great deal of support for the construction of a new leisure centre to replace Friary Grange but are equally aware that some people have concerns about choosing a park as the location as it will take away some of the existing green space. 

“Because we are changing the use of some of the park from open space to a leisure centre we need to give residents the opportunity to put forward their own views on this change of use. 

“As part of the consultation process we will also be conducting a review of open space in the area surrounding Stychbrook Park to help assess the impact of taking up a part of park for the leisure centre.

“From the investigations we’ve already completed, we believe that Stychbrook Park could be a suitable site. All of this information and what we collect from this consultation will be used to help us make a final decision on whether we make Stychbrook Park a definite choice rather than a preferred one, and start drawing up designs for the leisure centre building.”

The report recommending Stychbrook Park as the location for the new leisure centre is available on the committee pages of our website

We have also set up a website to provide information and updates about the leisure centre project and answer frequently asked questions.

Comments on the proposal should be emailed to [email protected] or sent in writing to Lichfield Leisure Development Team, Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YY.

The closing date for responses is Friday 15 October 2021.

Published: 2 September 2021