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The Cannock Chase Local Plan is to be published for public consultation. This is the final stage of preparation before the plan is submitted for examination by a Planning Inspector. The Council invites representation to be made on the plan between Monday 5th February 2024 until 5pm on Monday 18th March 2024

The Cannock Chase District Local Plan is designed to guide and manage the development of the District and is intended to replace the existing Cannock Chase Local Plan (Part 1) 2014 upon adoption by the Council. The new plan contains local planning policies and site allocations which will meet the development needs of the District over the plan period to 2040. The Local Plan addresses needs and opportunities in relation to housing, the local economy, community facilities and infrastructure. Policies will safeguard the environment, enable adaptation to climate change and help secure high quality accessible design. The plan has policies on a range of topics which will be used to help determine planning applications. 

The Local Plan has been under development since 2018. During this time a variety of evidence has been gathered to inform the plan and it has been subject to three separate 6 week public consultations. The Council have also worked with stakeholders including land owners, agents and developers, infrastructure providers, neighbouring authorities, the County Council and government bodies to develop the Local Plan. Evidence, joint working and representations have helped shaped this final version of the plan which is referred to as the pre-submission, Reg.19 or publication stage. 

At this stage of consultation, the Council is seeking views as to whether the Local Plan is legally compliant and meets the tests of ‘soundness’ as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. These terms are explained on the representation form. Paper copies of the Local Plan and representation forms, guidance on how to make representations and guidance on the tests of soundness and technical terms will be made available at the following venues during their opening hours: Cannock Chase Civic Centre, Cannock Library, Burntwood Library, Brereton Library, Heath Hayes Library, Hednesford Library, Norton Canes Library, Rugeley Library. 

The Statement of Representations Procedure sets out where the key documents are available for inspection and the places and times at which they can be inspected, as well as instructions of how to comment on the Local Plan during the consultation. We are planning a series of public consultation events across the district to help publicise the Local Plan. Officers will be available to answer any queries or offer assistance to view the document and make a representation. The venues, dates and times of the consultation events are detailed below

  • Cannock Library, Manor Avenue, Cannock - Tuesday 6th February 10am - 12pm
  • Brereton Library, Talbot Road, Brereton - Tuesday 6th February 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Norton Canes Community Centre, Brownhills Road - Wednesday 7th February 5pm - 7pm
  • Hednesford Library, Market Street - Monday 12th February 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Wimblebury Community Centre, John Street - Monday 12th February 6pm - 8 pm
  • Rugeley Rose Community Hall & Theatre, Taylors Lane, Rugeley  - Tuesday 13th February 5pm - 7pm
  • Sainsbury’s, Voyager Drive, Cannock -  Wednesday 14th February 10am - 12pm
  • Tesco, Victoria Street, Hednesford - Wednesday 14th February 5pm - 7pm
  • Longford Social Club, Wellington Drive - Thursday 15th February 5pm - 7pm
  • Norton Canes Library, Burntwood Road - Friday 16th February 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Hayes Green Community Centre, Heath Way - Friday 16th February 5pm - 7pm
  • Heath Hayes Library, 194 Hednesford Road - Monday 19th February 10am - 12pm
  • Rugeley Library, 12 Anson Street - Saturday 2nd March 10:30 - 12:30pm


The consultation documents include:

  1. Cannock Chase Local Plan Pre-Submission Regulation 19 Document

  2. Local Plan Pre Submission Non Technical Summary

  3. Regulation 19 Consultation Letter

  4. Consultation Events Poster

  5. Consultation Document Location

  6. Cannock Chase Local Plan Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  7. Local Plan Pre Submission Regulation 19 Policies Map and PDF static version

  8. Statement of Representation Procedure

  9. Representation Form Guidance Notes

  10. Representation Form - PDF

  11. Representation Form - Word

  12. Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2023 Updated
  13. Cannock Chase Duty to Co-operate Statement of Compliance
  14. Integrated Impact Assessment Non-Technical Summary
  15. Local Plan Reg 19 Integrated Impact Assessment inc SA & HIA 02.24
  16. Local Plan Reg 19 Equalities Impact Assessment
  17. Regulation19 Habitats Regulation Assessment 2024
  18. Consultation Statement 12.23
  19. Introduction to the Local Plan Consultation - Display Boards
  20. Summary of Local Plan - Display Boards
  21. What are site allocations - Display Boards

Supporting documents are available on the Evidence Base webpage.

A non-technical summary of the Local Plan, representation form and guidance notes may be posted to you on request. If you are concerned about being able to participate in the consultation or require any additional assistance to be able to access the Local Plan please let us know by contacting us

PRIVACY NOTICE:  Our consultation database is held confidentially by the Planning Policy team and is not shared with anyone else. We will retain your details on record until you a) request that we update them b) you unsubscribe or c) we have evidence that the contact is no longer active for example returned letters or email ‘bounce back’. You can update your preferences by emailing planningpolicy@cannock or writing to Planning Policy at the address on this letter. A copy of our full Privacy Notice is available to view at or hard copies are available on request to the Planning Policy team. Please note, when submitting representations we are unable to treat your views confidentially although only your name, and (if applicable) the person or organisation you represent will be publicly attributable - see the Planning Policy Privacy Notice at www.cannock or contact us if you need further information. On Submission of the Plan a copy of your representation(s) will be made available to the Planning Inspectorate and to the person appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination (i.e. the Inspector). Your representation(s) will be ‘made available’ in line with the Regulations (The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regula tions 2012 – Regulations 20, 22 and 35). This includes publication on the Council’s web site. In addition you should be aware of the Planning Inspectorate’s privacy statement.

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