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A waterspace strategy is an important planning and design tool for the proper integration and optimum use of the waterspace within wider development proposals.
The Canal & River Trust recognises the need to adopt a spatial approach to encouraging more activity, life and vitality on the water and to secure the utilisation of the adjoining waterspace to any waterside development site. As a result the Canal & River Trust has pioneered the waterspace strategy concept aimed at informing local authorities, developers and their design teams of the range of moorings and uses that any particular waterspace do and can support and to identify the land based implications of such uses.
This approach is supported and encouraged within the IWAAC Planning a Future for the Inland Waterways – A Good Practice Guide, (December 2001), sponsored by DEFRA & DETR; published by. This document provides guidance on delivering quality waterside development and how to use the waterspace strategy as a tool to inform the masterplan, planning brief and design brief preparation work.
Waterway Strategies should consider waterways at a number of spatial levels to ensure issues of the network and the local waterway are properly addressed.
These spatial levels can include:
Considering how waterway connect the regions and how they contribute to the national waterway network in providing attractive and sustainable waterway routes for boaters, walkers, cyclists and other waterway users.
Considering the roles and functions waterway destinations and facilties within the region, identifying gaps and opportunities to promote waterway use, and improve the relationship between communities and waterways.
Considering the functions of waterways sections within a city area establishing an appropriate thematic approach to waterway and waterside development
Addressing site specific waterspace design issues, promoting appropriate and sustainable links between waterway and waterside activity.
Last date edited: 22 July 2015