Special areas of conservation
Cannock Chase SAC
We have a duty under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (Habitat Regulations) to ensure that planning application decisions do not result in adverse effects on the integrity of Cannock Chase special area of conservation (SAC).
Evidence produced to inform local plan strategy policy NR7 shows that any development proposals that involve the net increase of one or more dwellings within a 15km radius of Cannock Chase SAC would have an adverse effect unless mitigation measures are in place
The Cannock Chase SAC is one of the best areas in the UK for European dry heath land and is the most extensive in the Midlands region. Lichfield District Council are part of a partnership which seeks to mitigate the impact of development (new dwellings and tourism accommodation) and prevent damage to the Cannock Chase Special Area of conservation. Further info about its designation can be found on the Joint Nature Conservation Committee website