South Staffordshire Council has a duty to ensure that planning application decisions comply with the Habitats Regulations. Local Plan policy EQ2 safeguards the Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which has been designated for its unique heathland habitat.
Please note that applications which will be determined on or after 1st April 2022 for new housing which fall within a 15 kilometre radius Zone of Influence for the Cannock Chase SAC will need to provide mitigation. This mitigation will take the form of a monetary payment of £329.83 per dwelling and a single legal administration fee of £100 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 (see Appendix 2 of the Guidance).