Waterways have a role to play in building energy and environmental resilience, and supporting transition to low carbon economy.
Should your plan consider:
supporting the protection, conservation and enhancement of the waterways biodiversity, including waterway-related habitats and protected species, both fauna and flora
promoting waterways and towpaths as an integral part of the green infrastructure and open space network
promoting the use of waterways, towpaths and their environs as sustainable transport and recreational routes for walking and cycling
encouraging the transfer of freight from roads to waterborne transport where practical, economic and environmentally desirable
supporting the protection, conservation and enhancement of waterways as a water resource, including improving water quality, managing land drainage, and avoiding, reducing and managing flood risk
promoting the use of waterways as a renewable energy resource – eg. using canal and dock water for heating and cooling buildings, the use of waterways and their environs for urban cooling, onshore hydropower and improving air quality