A uniquely designed development of apartments set in the grounds of a former friary and surrounded by landscaped gardens, has been given the go ahead in Lichfield.

The site – Chapter House – is being developed by the pioneering business PegasusLife. It has employed a team of internationally celebrated architects and designers to radically reinvent retirement housing. It is creating a dynamic environment exclusively for people approaching or enjoying retirement, whilst also preserving some of Lichfield’s most important historical heritage.

Chapter House will consist of 38 generously sized apartments in a striking new building that takes its design inspiration from the extensive Franciscan friary that once stood on the site. Surrounding this will be a number of inspiring and beautiful garden spaces.

Those living at Chapter House will enjoy a high standard of service and facilities – a host will be on hand to assist with the interests and requirements of owners. There will also be a shared lounge area, providing the option to enjoy new experiences with neighbours, from book clubs to wine tasting.

Monks Walk Garden – adjacent to the site – will also be protected as part of the plans. The much-loved green space, which includes nature areas and acts as a teaching facility for local schools, has been purchased by PegasusLife to ensure it can be preserved as a community area open to all. It will be maintained in partnership with the Monks Walk Restoration Group.

PegasusLife is committed to protecting the local heritage and character of the area. As part of the plans, the listed 16th Century former Bishop’s Lodgings will be restored and respectfully converted into further apartments by the specialist restoration firm GR8 Space.

Howard Phillips, CEO, PegasusLife, said: “PegasusLife is committed to creating groundbreaking homes that sit in harmony with their surroundings. There is considerable demand for high quality accommodation, well located for access to the city centre. We are enormously privileged to be developing this sought-after location in Lichfield and will carefully integrate the contemporary development into this sensitive historic location – Chapter House will be a one-of-a-kind development.”

Lichfield itself is one of Staffordshire’s most enviable destinations, known for its cosmopolitan range of cafés and restaurants, with great access to historical, cultural and natural attractions. Just beyond the town lies the beauty of the Peak District and the buzz of England’s second largest city, Birmingham.

As a further demonstration of their commitment to a new approach to retirement living, the homes will be overseen by a not-for-profit management company, to ensure a fair deal for residents. The company will ensure that Chapter House is beautifully maintained, ensuring everyone can take pride and enjoyment in their surroundings.

The plans for Chapter House have been approved unanimously by Lichfield District Council. The development of the site will start in the summer.

For more information, visit www.chapterhouse.co.uk or call 01543 657 275.