Our waterways developed as a result of the industrial revolution and are a focus for many historic and environmental designated spaces.
The internationally recognised definition of heritage is broadly a social consideration as defined by the International Cultural Tourism Charter and recognised by Historic England, but it is appreciated that heritage is also linked to the wellbeing of the environment.
In England and Wales it's our responsibility to look after:
Our waterways are also touched by other heritage designations including five World Heritage Sites, 42 historic parks and gardens and nine historic battlefields.
Planning policies need to protect and enhance waterway heritage and landscape character.
We are involved in a major Arts Council England funded commissioning programme in Pennine Lancashire, the super slow way project. Together with private and public partners, we're working with communities along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to explore how they relate to their environment, neighbourhoods and each other. The long term aim is to create the UK’s first linear industrial heritage landscape park and new visitor destination.
Policy ENV4 on canals shows the multi-functional nature of the waterways including reference to their special historic, architectural, archaeological and cultural interest.
"The Black Country canal network comprises the canals and their surrounding landscape corridors, designated and undesignated historic assets, character, settings, views and interrelationships. The canal network can provide a focus for future development through the potential to provide a high quality environment and accessibility. All development proposals likely to affect the canal network must:
Where opportunities exist, all development proposals within the canal network must:
Such development proposals must be fully supported by evidence that the above factors have been fully considered and properly incorporated into their design and layout. Where proposed development overlays part of the extensive network of disused canal features, the potential to record, preserve and restore such features must be fully explored. Development will not be permitted which would sever the route of a disused canal or prevent the restoration of a canal link where there is a realistic possibility of restoration, wholly or in part."
Last date edited: 22 August 2017