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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The granting of permission in principle followed by technical details consent is a new way to gain planning permission that the government is introducing.
Permission in principle can be granted by a local planning authority (LPA) in two ways:
This is really new and is being introduced in phases. At the moment, permission in principle can only be granted through part 2 of a brownfield register.
LPAs were given a target to prepare their registers by the 31 December 2017. It was recently reported that 23 out of 337 English planning authorities missed the publication deadline.
The decision on the technical details consent applications is made by the LPA.
If we’d have been a statutory consultee on a planning application for the housing proposed in part 2 of a brownfield register, then the LPA should seek our views on the proposal to give permission in principle.
Before permission in principle is granted we have to let the LPA know if we want to be consulted at technical details stage. If we do then the LPA will need to consult us at that stage too.
Take a look at the National Planning Practice Guidance on Permission in Principle. Look out for consultations on council’s websites. Our planning consultation pages will show relevant consulations on part 2 of a brownfield register and technical details consent.
Last date edited: 28 January 2018