What is the Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan will shape Norton Canes over the next 10 years. Changes it brings will benefit you, your children and generations to come – so we have to get it right.

And we want to hear YOUR views.

  • WHERE do you want to see improvements?

  • WHAT new facilities do you think are needed?

  • WHO do you think we need to listen to?

  • HOW do see the future for the area?

  • WHEN do you think these changes should be made?

The parish council is working with the local community to gather evidence to help influence the wider Cannock Chase Council planning strategy.

We need to argue for what you want to see in Norton Canes. To do that we need to know what YOU think.

Please get involved, whatever your age. It’s your chance to make a better life for future generations.

Watch our video by Councillor John Preece

Consultation has already begun, and we have already gathered evidence on issues like footpaths, open spaces, shopping, business, heritage, bus services and youth facilities.

But we need to know more.

LOCAL ECONOMY
trying to influence the District Council’s decisions on allocating new sites for business development. Also, looking at helping small businesses to expand.

Transport and Highways - Can our transport links and road systems be improved?

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL
trying to improve bus services and footpath and cycleway routes that access destinations such as workplaces, the secondary school and Chasewater.

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

PROTECTING THE COUNTRYSIDE
trying to improve the biodiversity of the many protected and designated sites within the parish.

•	Healthy Living – such as improvements to indoor and outdoor sport and recreation facilities, open spaces, play areas, countryside footpath and cycleway routes

HEALTHY LIVING
trying to improve indoor and outdoor sport and recreation facilities, open spaces, play areas, countryside footpath and cycleway routes and facilities for young people.

•	Retail - improving the choice of local shopping whilst supporting existing retail businesses in the village centre

RETAIL
trying to improve the choice of local shopping whilst supporting existing retail businesses in the village centre.

•	Community facilities – ensuring that existing facilities including the community centre and library are retained for community use

COMMUNITY FACILITIES
trying to ensure that existing facilities including the community centre and library are retained for community use.

•	Education – trying to ensure that the County Council delivers improvements to primary education and supports the long-term future of the high school

EDUCATION
trying to ensure that the County Council delivers improvements to primary education and supports the long-term future of the high school.

•	Housing – trying to influence the District Council’s decisions on allocating new sites for housing. Also looking at specialist housing for the elderly and small bungalows in the village

HOUSING
trying to influence the District Council’s decisions on allocating new sites for housing. Also looking at specialist housing for the elderly and small bungalows in the village.

•	Protecting heritage - we want to safeguard the historic environment and assets including the former Grove Colliery site

PROTECTING HERITAGE
we want to safeguard the historic environment and assets including the former Grove Colliery site

•	Identifying a list of “Asks” - local community benefits to be argued for, especially if we are faced with new developments in the Green Belt

IDENTIFYING A LIST OF ASKS
local community benefits to be argued for, especially if we are faced with new developments in the Green Belt.

You can help by filling out one of our online questionnaires

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Please support us as we work together to develop a plan we can be proud of, to provide a better village for us all.

Updates on the Neighbourhood Plan will appear in the quarterly village newsletters.

For more information, contact Glenis Turner, Neighbourhood Plan Administrator by email: nortoncanes.neighbourhoodplan@gmail.com or speak to Linda Florence, Clerk, Norton Canes Parish Council on 01543 276812.