Evidence base

Parish Maps
The following maps of the three parishes have been made available to us by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.
Chapel & Hill Chorlton
Maer
Whitmore

Rural Place Profiles
The Rural Place Profiles are prepared by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and are compiled from Census data and other data from official sources. The profiles for our three parishes were purchased from the Staffordshire Community Council using funds from our government grant. Use the links below to access the profiles.
Chapel & Hill Chorlton
Maer
Whitmore

Residents’ Survey
The Residents’ Survey was carried out during a six-week period in August to September 2016, via a questionnaire distributed to all households and businesses.
Questionnaire and questionnaire map
Residents Survey Report

Housing Needs Assessment
The Housing Needs Assessment was prepared for us by AECOM consultants as a technical support package from Locality under the terms of our grant. You can read the Housing Needs Assessment here.

Townscape Character Appraisal
The Townscape Character Appraisal was prepared for us by AECOM consultants as a technical support package from Locality under the terms of our grant. You can read the Townscape Character Appraisal here.

Heritage and Character Assessment
The Heritage and Character Assessment was prepared for us by AECOM consultants as a technical support package from Locality under the terms of our grant. You can read the Heritage and Character Assessment here.

Local Green Space Designations
The proposed Local Green Space designations have been made following a process of audit and landowner and community consultation. The Local Green Space Designations are part of the submitted Plan proposal and can be viewed in the
Draft Neighbourhood Plan, Vol. I: Strategic context, Local Green Space designations and policies.

Strategic Environmental Assessment
Screening Opinion June 2018

Habitat Regulations Assessment
Habitats Regulations Assessment July 2018 [with Environment Agency response 2 July 2018]
Habitats Regulations Assessment June 2018 [with Environment Agency response 6 June 2018]

Historic Environment
Historic Environment Report. This report is a compendium of records compiled from information supplied by Staffordshire County Council’s Historic Environment service.
The source records for the report are listed and accessible in the table below. All of the information supplied here is also available elsewhere in the public domain. The maps are displayed with the permission of SCC Historic Environment service. Any questions about the maps should be addressed to her@staffordshire-gov.uk

Chapel & Hill Chorlton Maer & Aston Whitmore
Historic Environment Record Report Historic Environment Record Report Historic Environment Record Report
Historic Environment Record Map Historic Environment Record Map Historic Environment Record Map
Historic Farmsteads Map Historic Farmsteads Map Historic Farmsteads Map
Historic Landscape Character Map Historic Landscape Character Map Historic Landscape Character Map
Listed Buildings Report Listed Buildings Report Listed Buildings Report
Registered Parks and Gardens Report Conservation Areas List
Scheduled Monuments Report Whitmore Parish – Locally Listed Buildings Report

Conservation areas
The Neighbourhood Area has three conservation areas
Maer designated in 1967: Report and  Map
Butterton designated in 2006: Report and Map
Whitmore designated in 1971: Report and Map

Historical Maps
The historical maps of Staffordshire listed here are available on the internet. The Neighbourhood Area’s settlements can be found on these maps in historical context.
Two maps of the county of Stafford 1646 and 1749.
William Yates’ 1798 map of Staffordshire.
British Library map collection Ordnance Survey original drawings:
Betley, 1831: Whitmore and part of Maer and Aston in the south-east portion of the map.
Market Drayton, 1815: Chapel and HIll Chorlton and part of Maer and Aston in the north-east portion of the map.
National Library of Scotland online historical map collection has historical Ordnance Survey maps.
OS 25-inch series (surveyed 1876-1922): click a rectangle on the purple grid and then select the map you want to see.
OS 6-inch series (surveyed 1876-1922): click a rectangle on the red grid and then select the map you want to see.
OS 1-inch series (revised 1895): Sheet 123, Stoke-upon-Trent, Hills and Outline maps.
OS 1-inch New Popular series (1916, revised to 1947): Sheet 110 Stoke-on-Trent.
OS 1:25,000 1937-1961 series: click a rectangle on the blue grid and then select the map you want to see.
OS 1-inch 7th series (1952-1961): Sheet 110 Stoke-on-Trent (published 1953).

Landscape
Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Planning for Landscape Change’ Supplementary Planning Guidance includes maps of the county’s landscape character types and landscape policy objectives. The following maps illustrate the landscape character types and policy objectives for the Neighbourhood Area. All of the information supplied here is also available elsewhere in the public domain. The maps are displayed with the permission of Staffordshire County Council.

Chapel & Hill Chorlton  Landscape character map Policy objectives map
Maer & Aston Landscape character map Policy objectives map
Whitmore Landscape character map Policy objectives map
Whole Neighbourhood Area
Landscape character map Policy objectives map

The relevant landscape descriptions from ‘Planning for Landscape Change’ can be read here.

Natural environment
Species Lists
Lists of species in the Neighbourhood Area reported to and recorded by the Staffordshire Ecological Area.
Designated ecological sites:
The Neighbourhood Area has 1 Site of Special Scientific Interest, 22 areas of Ancient Woodland and 21 sites designated by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust as follows:
17 Local Wildlife Sites
1 Retained Grade 1 Site of Biological Importance
3 Retained Biodiversity Alert Sites
The sites are shown on the following 2 maps. (Click maps to open in new tab.)
SER17120 Western Map-a  SER17120 Eastern Map-a (Click on maps to open in new tab; key to map symbols.)
List of Nature Conservation Sites
Note: Since the maps and lists were created 2 new Ancient Woodland sites have been added to the Ancient Woodland Inventory and 1 new Local Wildlife Site has been identified.
Phase 1 Habitat Survey: A Phase 1 habitat survey of land in the environs of Baldwins Gate was carried out by members of the Steering Group. The survey records and maps can be viewed here: Chorlton Moss survey; Chorlton Moss survey map; Manor Road survey; Manor Road survey map.
The Staffordshire Ecological Record prepared a habitat map centred on Baldwins Gate showing the surveyed area and the wider area for which it holds records. See here for the key to map symbols.
MWACC Phase 1 Habitat Map-a (Click on map to open in new tab)
Habitat Distinctiveness Map: The Staffordshire Ecological Record has prepared a habitat distinctiveness map of the Neighbourhood Area. The map shows areas of greater or lesser biodiversity value.
MWACC-b Habitat Distinctiveness Map-a (Click on map to open in new tab)
Meres and Mosses:
The Meres and Mosses of the West Midlands are a unique and internationally important of type of wetland habitats. They include sites in the Neighbourhood Area: Maer Pool (a mere), Chorlton Moss (a lowland raised bog) and New Pool and Oak Wood (a mere). The Functional Ecological Units and water catchment areas of these sites are shown on this map. (Click map to open in new tab.)
MWACC_NP_FEU-a
(Click on map to open in new tab)
Lowland raised bog is classified as a Priority Habitat in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. You can read about it here. You can read about the conservation of the Meres and Mosses here and here.
The following reports contain information that is relevant to the Neighbourhood Development Plan:
Staffordshire Biodiversity Action Plan.
Biodiversity Opportunity Mapping for Newcastle-under-Lyme, prepared by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in 2014 (the Neighbourhood Area is in the Meres and Mosses and Woodland opportunity zones).

Highways, transport and accessibility
Highway Safety and Access
report prepared by Whitmore Parish Council and Baldwins Gate Action Group for the Gateway Avenue planning appeal in 2014. The report reviews highway conditions in the village of Baldwins Gate.
Traffic flows in Baldwins Gate and at Blackbrook, based on an analysis of 2015 and 2016 survey data published by HS2 Ltd are described in the following report and diagrams.
The Rural Accessibility Appraisal for Newcastle-under-Lyme prepared by Staffordshire County Council (2015) reviews the accessibility of key services. The report contains maps illustrating journey times by walking and by public transport from the rural areas to employment and a range of essential services.
GP surgery in Madeley: for journey times by car and public transport see here.
Public transport: for the 64/164 Arriva West Midlands bus service see the timetable and route map (January 2018).
For further information on transport and connectivity see the Rural Place Profiles,  accessible through links at the top of this Evidence page.
The Integrated Transport Strategy 2015-2026 prepared by Staffordshire County Council for Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council makes very limited reference to transport in the rural area.

Recreation and Leisure
Cycle Route Maps and Cycle Journey Planner prepared by Staffordshire County Council.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Playing Pitch Strategy (February 2015).

HS2 Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)
HS2 is a major national infrastructure project. Phase 2a, West Midlands to Crewe, will pass south-east to north-west through Whitmore parish, slicing across the centre of the Neighbourhood Area. Construction is scheduled to commence in 2020 and the line is scheduled to become operational in 2027. During construction and operation the new railway line will have major community and environmental impacts on the Neighbourhood Area.
Community area CA4
The ‘Whitmore Heath to Madeley’ section of the proposed railway is ‘Community Area 4’ (CA4). A selection of relevant documentation published by HS2 Ltd is listed below.
Environmental statement, Volume 2: Community area report, CA4: Whitmore Heath to Madeley (July 2017)
Environmental reports and maps: Whitmore Heath to Madeley (July 2017)
Environmental statement, Volume 5: Technical appendices, Traffic and transport, Transport assessment (TR-001-000) Part 1 (July 2017)
Background information and data, Traffic and transport, Transport assessment baseline survey report (BID-TR-001-000) (July 2017)
West Midlands–Crewe ancient woodland strategy (February 2018)
Consultation
HS2 Ltd has held a number of consultation events in the Neighbourhood Area, focusing on property and land owner compensation and environmental impact.
Environmental Impact Assessment The Steering Group submitted a response to this consultation that was held in October-November 2016. You can read it here.
Staffordshire County Council, Stafford Borough Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council submitted a joint response. You can read it here.
Petitioning Parliament
Whitmore Parish Council petitioned Parliament in spring 2018. The Chairman gave evidence to the House of Commons High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill Select Committee on 24 April 2018. The central request was  mitigation of community and environmental impact by replacing the proposed plan with a single tunnel from south of the A53 in Whitmore to north of Bar Hill in Madeley.
Petitions were also submitted by Sir William Cash MP, Staffordshire County Council and  Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council. Evidence from these petitioners was heard by the Select Committee on 23 April 2018.
Local residents in Whitmore parish have also petitioned Parliament.
All petitions on HS2 Phase 2a can be accessed here.
Oral evidence sessions The Select Committee heard oral evidence from Staffordshire County Council, Sir William Cash MP and Whitmore Parish Council on 23 and 24 April 2018.
Whitmore Parish Council
Sir William Cash MP
Staffordshire County Council
Transcripts of all evidence sessions are available on the website of the Select Committee.The Select Committee rejected the request for the Whitmore to Madeley tunnel in its First Special Report, published on 24 May 2018.
Sir William Cash, MP
On 24 November 2016 Sir William Cash addressed the House of Commons on the subject of HS2 and the impact it will have on his constituency, including Whitmore parish, Whitmore Heath and Baldwins Gate. You can read the transcript in Hansard, the official record of proceedings in Parliament, here. (Go to column 1135 for the start of Whitmore issues.)
Public Rights of Way
Staffordshire County Council has published a set of maps showing Public Rights of Way within a 3km buffer of the proposed route (that’s 1.5km either side). You can see the map for our area here.
HS2 Route
HS2 Ltd has issued a range of maps of the planned route. The maps may not be up to date because changes are constantly being made. Relevant maps and documents can be difficult to find on the HS2 website. However, the following links will take you to some of the currently available maps on the HS2 website.
Appraisal of sustainability mapping. This map set (44Mb) shows environmental and conservation features. Our area is on pages 3-4 (Stableford) and 5-6 (Whitmore).  View the map here. The accompanying Sustainability Report can be read here.
Airborne noise mapping. This map set (23Mb) shows areas that will be affected by airborne noise. The map is produced primarily to show the impact of noise on residences, but equally it indicates the railway’s impact on rural tranquillity. Our area is on pages 8-9 (Stableford and Whitmore). View the map here. (More detailed noise mapping is shown in the map books above.)