We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Physical works - how we assess your proposal

The Trust will complete a review of the impact of your proposal (including any temporary works) on trust property and its users. This section describes the assessment criteria.

For details on the application process and fees please click here

Navigational Safety – when assessing the impact of the proposed works on navigational safety, we consider the following:

1. Any structure including moorings or moored craft, should not impede the Dredge Trigger Profile. Click here to show a diagram of Dredge Trigger Profile (Minimum Operating Channel).

2. The canal edge/washwall should be in good condition.

3. There should be safe pedestrian access to your mooring or mooring platform (if relevant).

4. Permanent structures or moored boats will not normally be permitted (under normal circumstances) within the vicinity of a bridge, lock, weir or other asset or control structure (typically 40m).

5. There should be sufficient depth of water to accommodate your boat  with a minimum depth of water (typically 500mm) below the deepest drafted vessel you wish to accommodate.

6. The line of sight for those travelling along the main line of the canal should not be obscured by your proposed works (typically 40m).

7. Any proposed works should not undermine the integrity of the canal, including canal bed, washwalls or surrounding ground (embankment, cutting) or supporting infrastructure (retaining walls) or services, culverts within the vicinity of the works.

Environmental & Heritage Impacts - In order to safeguard the environment, we will complete an environmental appraisal of your proposal to highlight any known environmental and heritage issues associated with your proposal. The information contained in our response to your application is intended to highlight issues that may be of concern to us, local planning authorities and/or other regulatory bodies.  It will be necessary for you to address any issues raised before permission is granted.

Water resource impacts (if applicable) - Where your proposal is likely to impact upon water resources or hydraulic conveyance it will be necessary for the Trust to complete a water resource study to determine whether or not there is sufficient water resource available to support your application. Where water resource sensitivities exist it might be necessary to undertake a more comprehensive Stage 2 Water Resource Study (see note 1 below).

Note 1: Where a Stage 2 Water Resource Study is required, a contribution towards the cost of the study (£2,250 plus VAT) will be paid by an individual applicant OR shared by multiple applicants where appropriate.

Surface Water Discharge and Water quality – where a new discharge is proposed it will be reviewed using a risk based approach to determine whether the benefits to the Trust outweigh the risks of acceptance. Any new discharge will require approval by the Water management, Environment and Utilities Teams.

Last date edited: 19 October 2015