AN AMBITIOUS scheme to reinstate a historic waterway in the heart of Kendal is approaching a major milestone, with plans for the first phase of the project due to be submitted this summer.

The application will focus on restoring the Lancaster Canal between Canal Head in Kendal and Crow Park Bridge near Natland and is the first of a three-phase multimillion pound scheme to reopen the northern reaches of the canal.

“It is a major step in raising public awareness and public aspiration,” said Hal Baggot, chairman of the Lancaster Canal Restoration Partnership (LCRP). “A lot of people want this canal and for these people to see a planning application and see that application approved will give them confidence that things are moving forward.”

Stretching 14 miles from Tewitfield, near Carnforth, to Kendal, the northern reaches of the canal are largely unnavigable and are crossed by the M6 motorway on three occasions.

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