Local plans and the Delivery of waterway restoration projects
We want to ensure that the value of our derelict waterways is not lost. Together with Canal & River Trust we want to expand the network of navigable waterways for everyone to enjoy. Building on the expertise and experience from IWA’s long history of leading the restoration movement; and the Trust’s commitment to bringing waterways back to life, we have put together a series of detailed resources to support projects across England and Wales.
IWA, along with CRT, has commissioned research which provides guidance to local restoration groups and Local Authorities on how best to support the restoration of inland waterways. The attached document (see below) demonstrates that the planning system has a key role to play in unlocking the potential and securing the future of our lost waterways.
The planning policy and decision making frameworks in England and Wales are key to safeguarding the future of waterway restoration schemes.
The overall purpose of the attached document is to:
- Show how the planning system can help to deliver long-term restoration schemes;
- Provide guidance for restoration groups, local authorities and other stakeholders on how to safeguard restoration schemes in local plans (highlighting best practice); and
- Bring the issue of inland waterway restoration up the planning agenda.
Please note that the information contained in this document was accurate at the time of writing. However, the planning system is continuously evolving.