Decision details

Protecting Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation for Future Generations

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Item Called In

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider proposals to mitigate the impacts of increased visitor numbers to Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation, including changes to visitor infrastructure at the Council-owned country park such as car parking and site infrastructure.




“Not only is Cannock Chase a place of outstanding natural beauty, it is a home of national and international significance to rare plants and wildlife. Staffordshire County Council has a legal and moral duty to protect that vulnerable flora and fauna while maintaining open access for increasing numbers of visitors.


This investment of housebuilders’ money over 15 years will improve trails, way signs and interpretation boards, carrying out conservation education in schools and influencing where people park so that we reduce footfall where the landscape and wildlife are most vulnerable and increase capacity where it is more robust.


This way we can protect the very things that people come to enjoy, the very things that make Cannock Chase so special and so loved by those who know it”.


Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture



Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) to mitigate impacts of recreational pressure associated with a growing resident population. The plans include a range of on-site measures across the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to reduce pressure on the most sensitive habitats, improve infrastructure and facilities in more robust locations and raise public awareness of the sensitivity of the site.


Decision – (a) That the proposed mitigation plans for Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) be noted.


(b) That the recommended approach and proposed scheme of delegation (as follows) be agreed:


(i)             Operational delivery to be overseen by the Assistant Director - Culture, Rural and Safer Communities; and

(ii)            Agreement of options appraisal / feasibility study outcomes for Chase Road and Marquis Drive by delegated decision by the appropriate Cabinet Member in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities.


Report author: Sarah Bentley

Publication date: 21/01/2021

Date of decision: 20/01/2021

Decided at meeting: 20/01/2021 - Cabinet

Issue status: The decision is currently being reconsidered

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