There are two key areas of change. We will be ending the automatic online reduction policy, whereby we had previously removed one long-term online mooring for the creation of every ten off-line marina moorings. Over the past ten years nearly 600 online permanent moorings have been removed as thousands of new offline moorings have been created. The new policy does not support the creation of lots of new linear moorings, but in certain circumstances they may be appropriate if they meet strict criteria. Moorings that have been removed to date will not be reinstated, and this will not affect existing marinas or those currently in development where online mooring reduction has already been agreed.
Secondly, single ‘end of garden' mooring applications will now be considered against privately-owned land, not just that which has a residential dwelling on it. Permission will only be granted to the landowner and sub-letting the mooring will not be permitted.
Jon Horsfall, head of customer service support at Canal & River Trust, said: “We have updated our Online Mooring Policy to reflect the current waterway environment, and to ensure we have a clear and robust policy to help us manage the waterways for the benefit of boaters. It's more important than ever that towpath moorings are shared fairly, especially in busy areas, and that we make the best possible use of space.”
More information about our Online Mooring Policy is available here.