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- The whole of Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is home to a range of sensitive species; making it an internationally important site for wildlife.
- Almost 20% of Cannock Chase AONB is also designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its heathland – this is the highest legal environmental protection in the country.
- The Special Areas of Conservation include; Sherbrook Valley, Brindley Heath, Moors Gorse and areas surrounding the Whitehouse and Penkridge Bank – see map.
- It is illegal to harm the SAC in any way; directly or indirectly, alone or in combination. The landowners have a legal obligation to protect, manage and conserve these areas. Please visit JNCC website for more detail.
- The ecology on Cannock Chase SAC is suffering from high levels of unintentional harm caused by increasing visitor usage. As future housing development in the surrounding area increases, so does the local population and the amount of visitors – the site needs help.
- Funding for this project is solely collected from new housing development from within 15km of Cannock Chase. This money is to be invested into Cannock Chase to off-set the impacts of increasing visitor numbers – providing a better visitor experience that offers protection to the habitats and wildlife.
- This is a mitigation project and is necessary for the future preservation of the Chase. It forms a part of the evidence base for local authorities’ local plans to show that they are taking the correct consideration.
- The goal of these works is to find the right balance of safeguarding ecology, whilst always retaining people right to use and enjoy the Chase. These works are known as Delivery Implementation Plans.
- These plans represent a 10-year programme of works which will be implemented gradually and also include suggested future projects beyond this timescale. They are not legally binding.