Planning obligations

Other obligations

This page contains information on other planning obligation measures which may be required for certain developments within the district.

For more information on other planning obligations/mitigations, please contact the Section 106 team.

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.

For more information, please view our guidance on Cannock Chase SAC mitigation, and our Cannock Chase SAC frequently asked questions.

New Cannock Chase SAC mitigation requirements

The Council is part of a SAC Partnership, which works together to prevent damage to the SAC. The SAC Partnership's Memorandum of Understanding can be found here. Other members of the Partnership include Natural England, Staffordshire County Council, Cannock Chase District Council, Stafford Borough Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, South Staffordshire District Council, Forestry Commission, and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.We have a duty to ensure that planning application decisions comply with the habitats regulations. Local plan policy NR7 safeguards the Cannock Chase SAC, which has been designated for its unique heathland habitat.

Please note that applications determined on or after 1 April 2022 which fall within the 15km radius of the zone of influence for the Cannock Chase SAC will need to provide mitigation. The types of development affected include new homes including those arising through the conversion of existing buildings, houses in multiple occupation, sheltered accommodation and care homes falling within use class C3 and gypsy and traveller pitches. Hotels, holiday lets, and camping & caravan sites will also need to undertake a habitats regulations assessment (HRA) or provide a financial contribution, if they could generate visitors to Cannock Chase SAC.

This mitigation will take the form of a monetary payment of £290.58 per dwelling and a single legal administration fee of £179 per agreement, but applicants should ensure they review the latest SAC guidance before submitting an application. A draft unilateral agreement must accompany all planning applications where required.

This page contains information on other contributions/mitigation measures which may be required for certain developments within Lichfield District.

River Mease contributions strategy

We are part of a developer contribution strategy (DCS) to mitigate for the impact on the water quality of the River Mease special area of conservation (SAC). A financial contribution is required for all development which contributes additional wastewater via the mains sewerage network to a sewage treatment works which discharges into the catchment of the River Mease SAC.

Natural England published standing advice for the River Mease SAC in January 2022.

Further information can be accessed via the frequently asked questions document prepared by the River Mease Partnership.

For more information on the River Mease SAC, please see the River Mease website.