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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.
Planning Aid England say that plan making is “setting out a plan for how an area will develop over time as a guide to future development”. Plans are important because planning law requires that applications for planning permission must be determined in line with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
So it's important for us and others to get involved with the plan making process to influence what might happen around the waterways at an early stage.
Below you'll find out how:
We encourage those making plans (local planning authorities, parish / town councils and neighbourhood forums and some elected mayors) to consult us as they prepare their plans. We comment on a range of matters that are covered by plans. These can include environmental, economic and social issues affecting our waterways.
We’ll decide on a case by case basis how involved we become in the development plan process.
Get involved early. As a plan moves through the process you’ll have less opportunity to change it.
Planning Aid England has information on the local plan process and how to get involved. You may also find this summary of the local plan key stages and the opportunities to influence them useful.
Locality have a quick guide to neighbourhood planning. While it’s for those producing neighbourhood plans, it explains the process and has relevant sections on community engagement.
You may also find this summary of the neighbourhood plan key stages and the opportunities to influence them useful.
For information on strategic planning frameworks and the London plan, please go to the website of the plan making body.
As well as the development plan some councils also publish supplementary planning documents on different issues, e.g. design, renewable energy etc. These add further detail to policies in the development plan.
Other documents relevant to the waterways are conservation area appraisals, local transport plans and site specific development guidance. There will usually be opportunities to comment on these.
Local Plans: Delivering inland waterway restoration projects in England and Wales provides information and case studies of how planning policy has been used to protect the line of such projects in local plans.
71% of the population agree that canals are an important part of local communities.
If you and your community are developing a neighbourhood plan take a look at "What your local waterway can do for your community: planning for waterways in Neighbourhood Plans" and contact us at an early stage.
You may also want to look at our pages on the value and benefits of waterways.
Last date edited: 18 August 2017