Canal and rivers development leads to planning recruitment push

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 23 Sep 2015

Lancashire canalA waterways charity is seeing a boom in its planning delivery caseload linked to its property estate which is valued at £500 million.

The Canal & River Trust cares for more than 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs in England and Wales. 

“Many waterway corridors are the focus for economic and housing growth, regeneration and renewal,” national planning delivery manager Richard Newton told Planning.

"They form part of the strategic and local green infrastructure network, linking urban and rural communities as well as habitats.

“We have a 99 per cent track record of securing planning permissions for commercial and core charitable activities.

"This success reflects our approach, embracing partnership working and stakeholder engagement.”

Recent schemes include securing planning permission for 1,100 homes and other development at Icknield Port Loop in Birmingham. 

The Canal & River Trust is seeking to recruit several postholders including a planning and development manager, area planners and a planning manager for the Midlands.

"We are expanding our team to respond to the growth in our planning delivery caseload linked to our property endowment estate which has a capital value of half a billion pounds.

"The strategy and planning team is instrumental in delivering our vision and strategic objectives, contributing to income generation and delivery of social, economic and environmental benefits", said Newton. 

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