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

Property development

The Property Development team in the Canal & River Trust plays an important role in contributing to the funding of the waterway network, through improving and releasing the capital value of properties with development potential.

What we do

By taking an active role, the Property Development Team champions sympathetic yet contemporary waterside development, which includes residential and commercial schemes. We generate income to help maintain the historic waterways, enhance local environments and reinvigorate the canal and river network.

Today we are involved in nearly £12 billion of waterside regeneration projects nationwide, reinvesting the profits from these schemes to help fund the waterways for future generations.

How we do it

The Canal & River Trust is a major land owner with a unique portfolio of land and property throughout the UK, worth over £500 million. We undertake land assembly and prepare otherwise redundant property within our portfolio for development by progressing through the planning process.

Each of our developments presents an original environment in which we facilitate the growth of a thriving waterside community and we carefully plan the appropriate mix of residential, commercial leisure and mixed-use developments, in response to the location.


The development team has also generated significant non-financial outputs which are in line with the Trust’s wider corporate objectives. These outputs include:

  • The creation of new destinations on the network
  • Improved access to the network
  • Towpath and public realm improvements
  • Significant urban regeneration of previously run down waterside areas
  • Improve facilities for customers
  • Preservation of heritage

Watch how the short video below celebrating the extra value that waterway restoration can bring to the surrounding area and to the local communities who use them.

Last date edited: 3 January 2017