ELAN Homes is preparing to flex its muscles and start stripping out a former gym in Lichfield to make way for new homes.

The homebuilder has acquired Lorne House on Rotton Row, which was previously home to Lichfield Health and Fitness Club before it relocated to purpose built premises.

Ben Jowett, Head of Land for Elan Homes Midlands, explained: “At Elan we take a flexible approach to the type of sites we acquire. Lorne House already benefited from planning consent, making it a prime opportunity for us to purchase and to deliver much needed new homes in Lichfield.”

The site, which is almost one acre, benefits from a change of use consent for the existing building to be converted into apartments, plus reserved matters approval for eight new homes to be built on the current car park area.

“Before it was converted into a gym in the 1980s, Lorne House was a pair of semi-detached homes and in transforming the building into apartments we’ll be preserving some of its features. We’ll retain as much of the original structure as possible and install new windows where they were positioned previously. We’ll also reinstate the central staircase and lobby when we create six apartments – two across each of the building’s three floors,” Ben added.

“Work to strip out the building is due to begin imminently, with construction expected to start later this year, subject to detailed designs being completed. Alongside the apartments we’ll also build eight new homes, with the properties due to be released for sale in 2023.”

The new build element of the development will offer a choice of two and three-bedroom designs and will be known as The Sidings, due to its close proximity to the Birmingham Cross City railway line.

Situated within a five-minute walk of Lichfield city centre and within easy reach of Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley stations, the location is set to make the development a popular choice.

For more information about where Elan is building see www.elan-homes.co.uk.

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