The development of well designed places alongside our rivers, canals and docks can make a significant contribution to the success of the waterways and their ability to deliver more active, socially engaged and healthy places.
Good design and the incorporation of measures and policies to promote the use of our waterside spaces can help local communities engage positively with our waterways. This can allow them to become popular places to visit, relax and excercise.
You can find our suggested guiding principles on our creating successful waterside places page. Translate these principles into planning policy to support unlocking the potential of the waterways for place making.
Policy D11 is specifically on waterfront design: "Development adjacent to the River Aire, River Calder, the district's canals and other bodies of water shall be orientated to face the watercourse or water body and must be designed to enhance the waters edge and biodiversity. The council will require that public access and recreational opportunities are provided where compatible with the proposed development and the capacity of the site to accommodate them. In particular development along rivers and canals shall:
Policy J relates to the canals and their setting. "The canals and their setting need to be protected from inappropriate development owing to their economic, social and environmental contribution to the area. Proposals for development in appropriate locations of Character Area 1 will be supported providing that they:
The boundary of Character Area 1 is shown on Map 10".
Last date edited: 16 November 2018