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Property development

Our property development team help support our waterways by identifying, improving and releasing properties with development potential.

What we do

By taking an active role, the property development team champions sympathetic yet contemporary waterside development, involving both residential and commercial schemes. The income we generate from this goes straight to help maintain the historic waterways, enhance local environments and reinvigorate our 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

We are a major land owner with a unique portfolio of land and property throughout the UK, worth over £500 million. Our team undertake land assembly and prepare our otherwise redundant property for regeneration by progressing it through the planning process.

Each development presents an original environment. To make sure the development creates a thriving waterside community, we work carefully to help plan the appropriate mix of residential, commercial, leisure and mixed-use developments, specifically tailored to the needs of the location.


In line with the Trust's wider objectives, our team works to:

  • create new destinations on our canals and rivers
  • improve ways people can access the waterways
  • improve the towpath and public areas
  • significantly regenerate previously run down urban waterside areas
  • improve facilities for customers
  • preserve our country's heritage

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