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Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Find out how we’re involved, where to get help to respond to an application or appeal, how to submit a planning application and where to find more information if you want it.
We’re a statutory consultee on planning applications. This means a local planning authority (LPA) must consult us on certain planning applications that are likely to affect our network. We’ve got a statutory duty to provide advice to the LPA.
When we get a planning consultation, our planning team will:
When we are consulted on a planning appeal our planning team will decide, on a case by case basis, how involved we need to be.
A lot of the work we do is automatically given the go ahead under planning law and therefore does not need a planning application. We may, however, need to submit a planning application for some development we want to do. Please contact our National Planning Delivery Manager Richard Newton if you would like to know more about one of our own applications.
Any individual or group can comment on a planning application – you don’t have to receive an invitation from the local planning authority. If you want to comment council websites may provide help.
Look at our list of planning applications we have been consulted upon
Planning Aid England provides General Guidance on Consultation and Commenting on Planning Applications.
Please note: The Planning Aid England guidance advises that structural stability matters controlled under Building Regulations are not planning considerations. However, the impact of new development on the stability of adjoining land, buildings and other structures (including canals, bridges, locks, embankments etc.) is not controlled by Building Regulations and therefore are material planning considerations that can be taken into account when deciding whether to grant planning permission.
This diagram shows the key stages of the planning application process and how you can be involved.
Also, see our page for help in assessing the appropriateness and potential impacts of new development on waterway infrastructure, facilities and their surroundings. You’ll find some useful waterway case studies in our “What we’re interested in” pages too.
The Planning Inspectorate run the appeal process on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Individuals and groups can comment on or become involved in appeals. Take a look at the Planning Portal and Planning Inspectorate websites for more details on taking part.
The Planning Portal has general information for applicants on how to apply, the decision making and appeal processes.
Take a look at our information to see if the LPA may consult us on your proposal.
We’re happy to provide our initial views on your proposals before you submit your application – it might save you time and money.
Last date edited: 21 August 2017