Lichfield’s first-time buyers might just run to a wartime pillbox | Kate Gomez

It's a nice, safe place to bring up your children. Trouble is, many families can't afford to live there

The lead story in last week's local newspaper was about a young lad whose short back and sides was considered an extreme hairstyle by his school. It sometimes gets more dramatic than that around here, but Lichfield is certainly a nice, safe place to bring up your (sensibly coiffed) children.

In recent years, the population has increased considerably as thousands of families have moved into the mock-Georgian new builds, complete with their mock bricked-in windows, that have grown up on the outskirts of the city and further house building is imminent. Lichfield's population has nearly tripled since the 1950s, when the council agreed to provide 1,200 "overspill" houses for families from Birmingham.

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