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Local and Neighbourhood Development Orders

For information on the Canal & River Trust and Local and Neighbourhood Development Orders please see below.

Local Development Orders

Local Planning Authorities are increasingly using Local Development Orders (LDO’s) to simplify the planning regime in their area. 

The Canal & River Trust is a Statutory Consultee in respect of planning applications. If LPA’s would have been required to consult the Trust on an application for planning permission for development proposed by a LDO, then they are required to seek the views of the Trust on a draft LDO. Information relating to consultation with the Trust as a Statutory Consultee can be found here. 

If an LDO affects the Trust it is recommended that a LPA enters into early discussions with us. We will make representations on a draft LDO if we consider that the development permitted will not safeguard an inland waterway owned or managed by the Trust. It is our view that, in general, it will be necessary to include conditions or exclude areas from the LDO to protect the inland waterways.  Early engagement therefore can inform the initial drafting of the Order and can also reduce the need for redrafting and re-consultation as the LDO process proceeds.

Additionally it should be recognised that changes of use permitted by an LDO can alter the permitted development rights afforded to a property.  These rights may affect the inland waterways and need to be considered.

The Trust also has statutory duties to protect and safeguard the natural environment, landscape character and built heritage of waterways as well as to encourage public access to and recreation use of the inland waterways. Thought therefore needs to be given as to how the development permitted by the LDO will impact on the overall character of the waterway corridor and how any unacceptable impacts should be addressed.  In short, the LDO needs to consider how it will ensure that the opportunity to increase the economic, social and environmental value of the waterway corridor is not lost.

Should you require further information please contact the relevant Area Planner. 

Neighbourhood Development Orders

The Canal & River Trust is a Statutory Consultee in respect of planning applications. Before submitting a Neighbourhood Development Order (NDO) proposal to the Local Planning Authority (LPA), a qualifying body must consult the Trust if the development to be authorised by the Order would ordinarily have required consultation with the Trust as a statutory consultee. Information relating to consultation with the Trust as a Statutory Consultee can be found here.

If the Trust is referred to in the consultation statement submitted, by the qualifying body, to the LPA with the NDO proposal, the LPA are required to notify us that the order proposal has been received.

Should you require further information please contact the relevant Area Planner. 

Last date edited: 22 July 2015