Pre-application advice

We're happy to provide pre-application advice directly to applicants/developers or to local planning authorities.

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We're happy to provide pre-application advice directly to applicants/developers or to local planning authorities.

We do not charge for pre-planning application advice in our role as a statutory consultee. This form of engagement is encouraged by the National Planning Policy Framework to enable early identification of constraints and opportunities. The level of feedback we can provide will, to an extent, be dependent upon the level of information that is provided by applicants.

Please download our fillable pdf Pre-planning Application Enquiry Form that should be read in conjunction with our Terms & Conditions for this service. Your signed form along with your supporting information should be returned to: planning@canalrivertrust.org.uk

As a minimum to support your application we would like:

  • a red line location plan.
  • a clear description of the proposed development.
  • drawings and/or plans on which to comment, including a proposed site layout plan and waterside elevations (where relevant).

We also encourage applicants to provide relevant supporting technical and other documents, where these are available. These will help us to provide you with feedback upon not just planning and design issues, but matters involving ourselves as landowner too, and allow us to direct you to our colleagues for more detailed advice in relation to issues such as:

  • access to (and oversailing of) our property which is likely to need our prior consent (including any commercial agreement). Dealt with by our Estates General Enquiries Team
  • proposals relating to boat yards, marinas and commercial boat agreements. Dealt with by our Boating Business Team
  • proposal for the discharge water to the waterway, abstractions, industrial heating, and pipe/media crossings/easements which is likely to require our agreement. Dealt with by our Utilities Team
  • proposals affecting navigation, locks, customer facilities or freight. Dealt with by the relevant Waterway Operation Team
  • proposals to restore a waterway. Dealt with by our Infrastructure Services Team

Last date edited: 21 January 2021