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Locating the marina entrance

The location of the entrance of the marina, connecting to the navigation, is an important consideration in terms of providing for safe access and egress to the waterway.

We have produced an advisory entrance layout drawing which you should refer to when producing your feasibility drawings.

For more details, please also refer to the Design - performance criteria page.

Lay-by marinas

Lay-by marinas on the towpath side of the canal will not be permitted and an entrance (isolation) structure must be provided along with a bridge to accommodate the towpath. Permission is unlikely to be granted for a towpath to be diverted from its original line, such that it cannot be used for its original design function to facilitate the towing of boats.

Lay-by marinas on the offside of the canal will be permitted and must satisfy design criteria for marina entrances to ensure the lay-by footprint extends far enough into adjacent land to accommodate all types of boat and allow sufficient room to manoeuvre boats safely, and without encroaching on the main navigation.

Last Edited: 11 June 2024

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