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This Policy Advice Note was produced by the TCPA with the generous support of British Waterways, the largest navigation authority in the UK.
The inland waterways of England and Wales are national, regional and local cultural and natural assets. They link urban and rural communities, as well as linking historic buildings and structures with the wider landscape and forming key strategic wildlife corridors.
Inland waterways are helping to stimulate regional, sub-regional and local economies and are being used successfully as tools in improving community wellbeing and urban and rural housing offers; in attracting and generating investment; in place-making and placeshaping; and in delivering wider public benefit. Inland waterways are making an increasingly important contribution to the visitor economy, and there is a growing national awareness of the added value and commercial betterment deriving from the presence of waterways in developments.
This advice note make recommendations to policy-makers and planners at the different spatial levels on how the planning system can help to secure the long-term future, and support the development, regeneration and improvement, of the inland waterways network.
The findings and recommendations contained within this PAN were informed by a series of workshops and discussions with planning and policy personnel from local authorities, Regional Development Agencies and other public bodies, the principal navigation authorities, and the Government-sponsored Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC).