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Highly Commended in the Staffordshire Best Kept Village Competition 2009, 2010 and 2011. Watch out for our entry in 2012.

Cannock Wood Parish Council is discussing the idea of a Neighbourhood Plan. This would need Community input and a steering group of people from the Community to work.

Below is a link to an explanation on what a Neighbourhood Plan is

At the previous Council Meeting Mr J. Hemingsley attended the meeting to give some advice on how Cannock Wood would progress on the Neighbourhood Plan and the benefits. Below is some notes from Mr Hemingsley in the matter

'In response to an annual invitation to propose sites for housing and employment development, large swathes of open countryside across the District are regularly put forward by landowners/prospective developers. Cannock Chase Council may need to review Green Belt boundaries in order to deliver the identified housing numbers and employment land because virtually all of the land outside the existing built up areas of the District is in the Green Belt. However the priority is still to make the best use of urban “brownfield” sites e.g. Rugeley Power Station and any release of Green Belt is likely to be directly adjoining the existing built up areas, for example around Heath Hayes. Cannock Wood is relatively remote from the main urban areas in the District and I don’t believe any of the Green Belt within the Parish is appropriate for release to deliver either major housing or major employment development.

The whole of Cannock Wood Parish, outside the boundaries of the village, is in the Green Belt and the whole of the parish, including the village, is within the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. National planning policy is strongly against major development in AONBs. So I believe that a combination of Green Belt and AONB policies will prevent development of the sites in the Parish currently being put forward.

Turning to Neighbourhood Plans, typical policy topics included in those relating to rural Parishes are –

Identifying small sites within or on the edge of villages for housing specifically to meet local need for affordable dwellings – this could involve reviewing the Green Belt boundary on the edge of the village to find suitable sites.

Identifying sites for provision of local services e.g. medical, retail.

Protecting and improving existing areas of local open space, including small areas within housing estates.

Identifying buildings for inclusion in a local list of buildings of historic or architectural importance which do not meet the national criteria for statutory Listing.

Identifying sites for small scale live/work craft type businesses.

Improving existing and/or creating new public rights of way.

Promoting highway safety improvements.

Promoting improvements to sites of nature conservation importance.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but just to give some ideas about topics. The key requirement is that policies must relate to development or use of land, either in a way which protects existing assets or proposes new development.'

If you wish to be a part of the Neighbourhood Planning Group or have an interest in the matter please attend the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm

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  • Welcome to Cannock Wood
    Welcome to Cannock Wood

    Cannock Wood is a village and civil parish in the Cannock Chase District of Staffordshire, England. It is situated within the triangle of Cannock, Rugeley and Lichfield just to the north of the conurbation of Burntwood. It is approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Birmingham city centre and has a population of 1,052.

    Cannock Wood makes up part of Cannock Chase lying at the south eastern corner of the Chase. Cannock Chase is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Cannock Wood is the only village that is completely within the boundaries of the AONB.

    Nunswell Park
    Nunswell Park

    Cannock Wood is a mainly residential area interspersed with open areas including various parks and public footpaths through the local countryside. The village hosts tourist attractions including Castle Ring - an ancient fort, and Nun's Well. Cannock Wood also hosts several pubs, The Park Gate, The Rag and The Redmore. There is also a village hall which hosts many active village organisations, a children's play area, a cricket club, a football pitch and a hairdressers.

    Redmore Inn
    Redmore Inn

    Gentleshaw, the adjacent village separated from Cannock Wood merely by the width of a road, has a primary school where most of the children in Cannock Wood and neighbouring places such as Hazelslade, Prospect Village, Gentleshaw and even some from the nearby town of Burntwood aged between 4 and 11 attend.

    Also situated in Gentleshaw, but again only separated from Cannock Wood by the width of a road, is Christ Church, Gentleshaw which serves both villages. Cannock Wood has a small general store which has previously closed twice due to lack of support. It re-opened for business for the third time on Tuesday 28 August 2007. As of July 2008, the store is currently open for a limited period each day after a lack of financial support forced it to reduce daily opening hours.

    The Rag Public House
    The Rag Public House

    The village is served by bus number 62 on the Cannock - Hednesford - Prospect Village - Burntwood - Lichfield route and details of the timetables are elsewhere on these pages.

    Cannock Wood, through Cannock Chase Council is twinned with Datteln in Germany and Western Springs in Illinois, United States.

    Some people see Cannock Wood as a suburb of Burntwood but the village is just under 1 mile north of Burntwood but well separated by the open space of Gentleshaw Common and many fields. Other people think of it as an area in the town of Rugeley, because most addresses in Cannock Wood have a Rugeley postal code. However, it is a separate village and is not an area in either of these towns.

    Park Gate Inn
    Park Gate Inn

    Cannock Wood is well placed for visitors to the area with the nearby towns of Cannock, Lichfield and Rugeley offering accommodation as well as some more local establishments. The village is easily accessible by road with many major routes within easy reach and the local bus and train services have improved a lot recently. The surrounding area also has many places of interest worth visiting such as the Chase itself with its Visitor Centre at Marquis Drive, Shugborough with its house and farm, Tamworth Castle & Snowdome, Drayton Manor Park and Chasewater Leisure Park and Railway to name but a few. Information on other local attractions is easily available.

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