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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
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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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Waterways can support the growth of an area through informed policies and decision making.
Developments can also place additional liabilities and burdens onto the waterway infrastructure. Works to towpaths may be necessary to address the extra traffic resulting from a near-by development, or safety upgrades may be needed to our reservoirs as a direct result of development in the inundation zone.
If these opportunities are to be realised and the impacts mitigated planning policies and infrastructure delivery plans should address the funding of such works. Please contact us as we are happy to discuss whether infrastructure works to our network would be most appropriately funded via s106 or Community Infrastructure Levy. Below are some policy examples and our case studies illustrate these issues further.
Lichfield District Local Plan: Strategy (adopted 2015)
Fradley Strategic Development Allocation. 1250 dwellings and associated development allocated on land either side of the Coventry Canal at Fradley. The allocation identifies infrastructure improvements to the canal as needing to be delivered as part of any development proposals. The Council’s current Infrastructure Delivery Plan also reflects these requirements.
Planning permission for the first phase of development (750 houses) was granted subject to a S106 obligation requiring a developer contribution of £78000 towards canal towpath improvements.
Branston Neighbourhood Plan (adopted 2015)
Developer Contributions – walking, cycling and equestrian activity. The following proposals for improved walking and cycling and equestrian routes through Branston will be supported through developer contributions from developments in the immediate vicinity:
Last date edited: 18 August 2017