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Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation Developer Contributions

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Pre-application Advice

The pre application and enquiry service has TEMPORARILY been SUSPENDED due to the high volume of applications we are receiving. Pre applications for major and strategic developments will continue to be accepted. 

If you are seeking advice on whether planning permission would be required please see our planning guides.

Alternatively you can submit a certificate of lawfulness application. 

When is it required?

For all proposals within 15km of the Cannock Chase SAC which involve the creation of a dwelling. This includes new build dwellings, tourist accommodation, conversion of buildings into dwellings, prior approval applications for the creation of dwellings and agricultural workers dwellings as well as some other forms of development. For more detail on what is covered please see the FAQ document in the further guidance links below. 

What is this?

A statement of willingness committing the applicant to pay a financial contribution towards mitigation for the Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation confirming that the Cannock Chase SAC will not be affected by the proposed development. The applicant will need to sign a unilateral undertaking and pay the LPAs costs in signing the document prior to the decision notice being issued.

Why is this required?

An increase in 1 net dwelling more within the 15km zone of the Cannock Chase SAC will have an adverse, in combination effect on the integrity of the Cannock Chase SAC in the absence of mitigation.

Contributions for new dwellings in the relevant area are required by ESBC Local Plan Detailed Policy 11.

Further Guidance