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Hatherton Canal - Supplementary
Feasibility Study Report

by Atkins (W S Atkins PLC)

Executive Summary

A study into the feasibility of restoring the Hatherton Canal was undertaken by Ove Arup and Partners Limited between 2004 and 2006. The study was commissioned by British Waterways who were acting as agents for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Trust.

The eastern end of the route Arup recommended would connect to British Waterways existing network at Grove Basin on the Cannock Extension Canal. The Cannock Extension Canal is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) because of an extensive colony of rare Floating Water Plaintain.

Whilst the Trust wishes to have the restoration proposal incorporated into the Local Development Frameworks of the local authorities, the Environment Agency has indicated that the proposal could have an adverse effect on the Floating Water Plantain. They would therefore recommend that a full Environmental Impact Assessment should be required as part of the planning process.

In order to avoid adverse effects on the SAC, the Trust therefore reviewed the proposed route and identified an alternative which would avoid the SAC site altogether.

The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Limited has commissioned Atkins to undertake a supplementary study of this alternative route.

The study has been completed, and the key findings of the exercise are:

    It is recommended that the revised alignment shown in the drawing 5079324-051 to 5079324-056 should be adopted for the restoration, subject to detailed design. Restoration using this alignment would avoid almost all of the potential; adverse environmental impacts on the Cannock Extension Canal SAC site which were associated with the previous proposed alignment.

    A number of secondary recommendations are made regarding further work to develop the initial design outlined in this report. These include undertaking a Stage 2 Flood Risk Assessment and conducting an appropriate assessment screening of the remaining potential impact on the SAC site.

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