Cannock Chase Council is consulting on updated Draft Conservation Area documents which have been prepared for the following areas: Church Street, Rugeley Conservation Area; Talbot Street/Lichfield Street, Rugeley Conservation Area; and Trent and Mersey Canal (Cannock Chase District) Conservation Area.
A Conservation Area is 'an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. There are eight Conservation areas in Cannock Chase District and the Council has been working towards an Appraisal and Management Plan for each one in accordance with legislation and policy.
Public consultation will start on Monday 5 November and continue for six weeks until Monday 17 December. Everyone living or working in each Conservation Area (or more widely if interested) is now invited to have their say.
Appraisals are the first stage in the process, setting out the history and character of each area, from which Management Plans follow, making recommendations for their conservation and enhancement to guide development management. Each management plan builds on the Council’s adopted generic ‘Conservation Areas Management Plan’ (a package of measures available to the Council to apply to all of its Conservation Areas) by setting out specific policies for each area based on the recommendations in each appraisal.
Councillor Gordon Alcott Portfolio Leader for Economic Development and Planning said: “We are lucky to have eight Conservation areas in the district that we want to preserve and enhance. To enable us to do this Management Plans need to be in place. We want our residents to be involved in how we look after these conservation areas and sharing their views on the Management Plans is one way they can do this. We welcome constructive suggestions and comments.”
Draft documents have been prepared for the above Conservation Areas and were approved for consultation by the Council’s Cabinet on 4 October.
The documents can be viewed on the Council’s website at: www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/planningpolicy under ‘Planning Policy News’ and at the Civic Centre, Beecroft Road, Cannock and public libraries at Rugeley and Brereton, all during normal opening hours.
Comments should be sent either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Planning Policy, Cannock Chase Council, Civic Centre, PO Box 28, Beecroft Road, Cannock WS11 1BG.
All comments received will be reported to a future Cabinet meeting for updating the documents as appropriate prior to their final adoption. For all submitted comments the Council is unable to treat views confidentially. Names will be made public but contact details will not be disclosed.
The Management Plans, when adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), will be used as a guide to determine planning applications and for the enhancement of each area in a way that is beneficial to its special interest.