Inland Marina Development Guide

The last 20 years has seen steady growth in boat ownership on our waterways. Boats require secure long-term moorings and we work with private landowners and developers to facilitate quality inland marinas to meet future requirements.

Marina development can be a complex process but we're committed to supporting developers, which is why we've put together this guide.

What's in the guide?

The purpose of the guide is to facilitate successful canal marina and lay-by developments by providing specialist information and advice. It explains our requirements and recommendations of schemes that will connect to our network, our application process, and our role through the planning and development process. It also contains a wealth of other useful references and links.

How is the pandemic affecting new marina proposals?

As part of the new marina process we conduct an internal consultation and some applications require a site inspection, which we may not be able to do at the moment because of local tier restrictions. We welcome you to still submit your proposal for review and kindly ask that you include as much information as possible to support your application.  

What else do I need to know?

The guide assumes that you already have a basic understanding of the construction, property development and planning processes, so its emphasis is on aspects specific to marinas. Marina development and construction carries risks similar to those of any development project, so access to sound professional advice, independent of this guide, is essential.

If a proposed canal marina or lay-by development includes any of the following related works then the Code of Practice for Works Affecting Canal & River Trust will apply.

  • Service crossings
  • Water abstraction and discharge
  • Installation of services in the towpath
  • Demolition
  • Future maintenance works affecting one of our properties
  • Diving operations
  • Hydropower and leisure facilities requiring water abstraction

How can I contact the team if I have a question?

We hope we've covered most of the information you'll need within our guide, but if you have any questions you're welcome to email us or call us on 03030 404040.