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Press Release - Uttoxeter Canal Saved After Planning Application Refused

Submitted by CUCT on Mon, 13/09/2021 - 20:33
Volunteers from two charities, the local Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, and the country-wide Inland Waterways Association, are celebrating after SMDC’s Planning Applications Committee turned down proposals for a development which would have blocked restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal in the Churnet Valley. The first lock and basin of the canal at Froghall were restored in 2005 in a partnership project between volunteers, British Waterways and local authorities, backed by European funding. The site proposed for development is immediately adjacent to this popular location, which is always busy with visiting boaters, tourists and walkers. With no route allowed in the plans for future restoration of the canal, the development would have prevented the rest of the Uttoxeter Canal from ever joining on to the navigable Caldon Canal and 2700 miles of inland waterways.

Froghall planning application refused

Submitted by CUCT on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 20:50

Good news - the planning application which would have blocked the future restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal at Froghall was unanimously rejected by SMDC's Planning Applications Committee this afternoon.

Rupert Smedley represented CUCT and IWA as one of the objectors speaking against the application, and there was a very robust recommendation for refusal by the planning officers.

Froghall planning application - latest updates

Submitted by CUCT on Mon, 12/07/2021 - 15:54

The developer recently submitted a number of fairly detailed additional documents rubbishing the viability of the restoration and suggesting that it can be ignored, or that the restored canal could take a different route through Froghall. Unfortunately this is broadly untrue. The canal could not drop into the river through the area as it is too narrow, windy and fast flowing, even under normal conditions. It also regularly floods and at time this can be 2m or more.

Poirot Actor Sir David Suchet condemns Froghall developers’ lack of vision for Uttoxeter Canal restoration

Submitted by CUCT on Tue, 29/06/2021 - 21:29

Sir David and Lady Suchet have joined Staffordshire Moorlands residents, parish councils and canal volunteers in voicing their concerns about development proposals that would prevent further restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal at Froghall and kill opportunities to extend safe walking and cycling routes, create wildlife corridors and grow sustainable tourism.

Froghall planning application reviewed by the Trust

Submitted by CUCT on Sat, 27/02/2021 - 09:35
As reported recently, a planning application has recently been submitted for land directly south of the basin at the start of the Uttoxeter Canal in Froghall. This application puts 48 new houses between the basin and nearby A52. This development would block the historic line of the canal, destroy physical remains of the canal both on the surface and underground, and does not provide space for an alternative alignment, so ending any opportunity for restoration of the canal.

Proposed housing at Froghall would permanently block the Uttoxeter Canal restoration

Submitted by CUCT on Mon, 22/02/2021 - 10:14

A planning application has recently been submitted for land directly south of the basin at the start of the Uttoxeter Canal in Froghall. This application puts 49 new houses between the basin and nearby A52. Based on the information provided we can confirm that, if approved, the development would block all possible alignments for the canal through Froghall, and would permanently end our ongoing project to restore the Uttoxeter Canal.

Trust hosts online AGM

Submitted by CUCT on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 08:09

Members of the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust last night joined in with the Trust's first online AGM. Having been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the committee decided that using Zoom technology would allow the meeting to take place and meet the requirements of our constitution. Around 15 members took part in the meeting from their homes using computers and phones.

Uttoxeter milepost installed

Submitted by CUCT on Mon, 15/04/2019 - 23:29

Our project to reinstate all the mileposts on the Uttoxeter Canal reached a significant point yesterday with the installation of Milepost 30 at The Wharf in Uttoxeter. This means that four of the six newest mileposts have now been installed and that only three remain to be installed along the full 13-mile length of the canal.