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Permitted Development Rights

Find out how we use Permitted Development Rights as a statutory undertaker in carrying out development relating to inland waterways.

The pontoon and associated infrastructure for these leisure moorings was installed by the Canal & River Trust using Permitted Development Rights

Permitted Development Rights are rights to undertake certain types of development without the need to apply for planning permission. They derive from a general planning permission granted by Parliament, rather than from permission granted by the Local Planning Authority.

Most of the development undertaken by the Canal & River Trust, as statutory undertaker, relating to inland waterways, is carried out using Permitted Development Rights specified under Schedule 2, Part 8, Class B of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended). We may also use other Permitted Development Rights as part of our statutory undertakings and wider waterway activities.

Permitted Development Rights can be complex, so the Trust has published a guide to help Local Planning Authorities in England understand how we use and interpret Permitted Development Rights to improve and maintain our network and its associated infrastructure.

Last Edited: 18 January 2023

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