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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
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Off-line mooring and marina developments on our waterways require our permission to connect and gain access to our waterway network. Before giving that permission, we need to be sure that there is sufficient water to accommodate it, and that the technical specifications of the marina are adequate to protect the integrity of the waterway and the safety of our customers.
Our permission will be given in the form of a standard Network Access Agreement (NAA). We will contact you to discuss this once we have appraised your DCNA Submission. See also Summary of the Network Access Agreement, which explains the main provisions.
The annual fee payable to us is calculated by multiplying your mooring rate (the rate charged to customers mooring in your marina) by an agreed gross mooring capacity and then taking 9% of the resultant figure. This will be reviewed annually on the anniversary date of the commencement of the NAA. There will also be a review of the gross mooring capacity on every 5 th anniversary of the commencement date. Hire boat moorings and any other moorings not let out will be taken at the published mooring rate.
If the marina accesses the network through a towpath it will be necessary for your scheme to include the provision of a suitable bridge to ensure continuity of the towpath for access and services. This bridge can often be located on your land rather than on Canal & River Trust land to provide a safe navigation access. This will need appropriate agreements to be completed.
If you intend to discharge water from your site other than by way of natural runoff either into the proposed basin or into our waterway then you will also need to enter into a Surface Water Discharge Licence with us. This is a standard document to ensure that issues of water quantity and quality as well as any construction issues are properly addressed.
We will only accept clean surface water. We will not accept foul, polluted or contaminated water. There is no charge for discharges made from property and structures directly connected to the marina. Payment is however likely to be required in respect of discharges for all other purposes.
If you are developing a scheme on our land, we will grant a Development Agreement which will be followed by a lease of the completed site and water -space.
The lease will be for a term of years sufficient to reflect the level of investment made and will contain restrictions to agreed uses. The ground rent will be negotiable and subject to periodic review. The tenant will be responsible for repairs and insurance.
The lease will be transferable subject to landlords consent. It will include a Network Access Agreement at the same 9% network access fee as above.
Last date edited: 22 July 2015