New proposals aimed at protecting Cannock Chase to be discussed 

New proposals aimed at protecting Cannock Chase to be discussed 

Senior councillors will this week be discussing proposals to make more developers pay towards protecting Cannock Chase. 

Currently any development within eight kilometres of the Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) has to contribute money to alleviate the pressure on sensitive parts of this popular Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

But new plans to be discussed by the cabinet at Stafford Borough Council would see the boundary line for contributions almost double. It would mean any houses being built within 15 kilometres would be liable for a payment towards the work of the Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) partnership – which is a collaboration between councils. 

Councillors at the meeting on Thursday 13 January will hear that the proposals could raise more than £6 million for enhancements to the area of outstanding natural beauty. This would be earmarked for improving footpaths, bike trails, upgrading car parks and providing better visitor information.   

The report to the cabinet recommends that “the new developer contribution charge of £290.58 per dwelling unit is brought into effect from 1 April 2022 to mitigate for new residential proposals in Stafford Borough within a 0-15 km Zone of Influence from the Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation boundary.”  

A similar report will be going before the other local authorities covering the SAC.  

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