• Protecting the countryside – trying to improve the biodiversity of the many protected sites within the parish

Protecting the countryside and sites of ecological value

Norton Canes Parish contains 14 sites which are protected for their ecological interest.

The Cannock Extension Canal running from the south of the A5 to the parish boundary with Pelsall and including a basin for moorings at the former Grove Colliery is a Special Area of Conservation of international value.

Parts of Chasewater Heaths Site of Special Scientific Interest between A5190 Cannock Road/Burntwood Road (No Mans Bank) and east of Norton East Road are of national importance.

12 other sites scattered across the countryside of the parish are Sites of Biological Interest which is a county-level designation, the largest of these being Wyrley Common, east of Lime Lane.

All land within the Parish, outside the current development boundary of the village and the Kingswood Lakes Business Park/Orbital Retail Park, is in the Green Belt, which has a high level of protection already.

Our policies here could include:

Seeking to agree improvements to the biodiversity of all protected sites. This would involve surveys to identify their current condition and then appropriate site management activities, guided by ecological evidence and agreements with landowners.

Ensuring that new developments make appropriate financial or practical contributions to deliver environmental gain.

What do you think?

What areas of open space do you enjoy in Norton and in the wider rural areas of the Parish including around Little Wyrley?

Tell us what would you like to see done to better protect the countryside?

Tell us your thoughts, fill in the form below with your comments.

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