Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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.
We are consulted by local planning authorities and developers on applications near to our waterways.
Local planning authorities (LPA) need to consult us before making a decision on planning applications for:
Development likely to affect:
(i) any inland waterway (whether natural or artificial) or reservoir owned or managed by the Canal & River Trust, or
(2) any canal feeder channel, watercourse, let off or culvert, which is within an area which has been notified for the purposes of this provision to the local planning authority by the Canal & River Trust.
We have a statutory duty to respond to the consultations and pre-application consultations we receive as a statutory consultee. We have to report to government on how we perform against the timescales set out for responding. In 2016-17 we responded to 97% of consultations within the required or agreed extended timeframe.
We encourage pre-application consultation from developers and local planning authorities - and do not charge for this.
Local planning authorities also need to consult us on certain applications for advertisement consent and prior approvals of certain permitted electronic communications apparatus (including mobile phone operator masts).
We're also a statutory consultee in the Welsh planning system as set out in the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012. For information on the duty to consult and respond in Wales please contact us. We make our Welsh performance reports available on our performance reports page.
The government is introducing a new way to obtain planning permission. This is the granting of permission in principle on application or in a qualifying document such as a local plan, neighbourhood plan or brownfield register followed by a technical details consent. We have a statutory consultee role in this process too.
When to consult us
The legal background
Our notified area
When to notify us of planning matters
Permission in principle
This is a new way of gaining planning permission recently introduced by the government
Our annual reports on our obligation to respond as a statutory consultee
Last date edited: 24 August 2017