Unauthorised swimming pool and kitchen added to Grade II listed building in Lichfield

Swinfen Hall Hotel Swinfen Hall Hotel

The owners behind the Swinfen Hall Hotel in Lichfield have recently carried out extensive renovation work on the property, despite not receiving planning permission from the council. 

Lichfield District Council received a tip-off about unauthorised renovation work. They then discovered that walls had been removed, doorways had been blocked, and original fixtures had been altered. 

These changes had been made so that the owners could install a new swimming pool and kitchen. New balconies have also been created and UPVC windows have been fitted. 

The Swinfen Hall is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1755. It has been legally protected for 40 years given its historical significance. 

A local authority spokesperson stated: “Owning a listed building comes with the responsibility of conserving, maintaining and protecting it for the benefit of the public and future generations.” 

They continued: “This work has been done with complete disregard to that responsibility and the law, and those behind the work could now face imprisonment.”  

Enforcement notices have been issued to prevent any further work from taking place and to ensure that the property is returned to its former state. 

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