We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Pilot project with Historic England

As champions of waterways heritage, we’re delighted to be working with Historic England on a pilot project which could allow us to spend more time and money directly on the historic structures that we care so much about.

Employees in hi-vis and white hard hats stood on platform in de-watered lock on Grantham Canal Maintenance on Grantham Canal

The proposed national Listed Building Consent Order would be designed to allow us to carry out certain works to our designated bridges and locks without having to seek local authority listed building consent every single time. As the owner of the third largest collection of listed structures in the UK, a Consent Order would allow us to carry out canal heritage repairs more quickly and more efficiently, saving a lot of red tape.

"Each year we make numerous applications to local authorities for standard heritage repairs. The applications can be both costly and time consuming." Nigel Crowe

This is an exciting step forwards in how, as a nation, we look after our heritage and we are proud to be at the forefront.

Nigel Crowe, head of heritage at the Canal & River Trust, says:

“The Canal & River Trust cares for 2,000 miles of nationally important heritage. Each year, in looking after the waterway network, we make numerous applications to local authorities for standard heritage repairs and conservation works. The applications can be both costly and time consuming.

"Being given the opportunity to develop England’s first National Listed Building Consent Order is a great endorsement of the work we do and will enable us to direct our efforts and resources where they can make the most difference.”

Last date edited: 16 July 2015