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Use of planning conditions, obligations and informatives

New waterside developments can place extra liabilities and burdens upon the waterway infrastructure, in terms of on-going management and maintenance. The Canal & River Trust supports the use of planning conditions and obligations to mitigate against such impacts. Pre-application discussion provides an opportunity to advise applicants and local planning authorities as to whether planning obligations or conditions are likely to be sought in our role as statutory consultee.

As a starting point, we encourage applicants for planning permission on land adjoining our network to include the waterway and towpath within the application site edged in red on the location plan in order to ensure that:

  • the extra liabilities and burdens placed upon the infrastructure are properly addressed;
  • the waterway is not just treated as a setting or backdrop for development, and that instead the land and water are integrated and the waterway is treated as a usable space;
  • the waterway, towpath and environs form an integral part of the public realm in terms of both design and management; and
  • access to, along and from the waterway is improved, along with the environmental quality of the waterway corridor.

The Trust may also request that LPAs append informatives to the decision notice. These informatives may relate to a number of matters but generally advise applicants of the need to contact the Trust in respect of commercial agreements that may be required with us or advising of where information can be obtained on the Code of Practice for works affecting the Canal & River Trust.

Last date edited: 22 July 2015