Planning permission granted for “Missing Mile” of historic canal restoration

Permission has been provided to complete the “missing mile” of the Stroudwater Canal and will include the construction of a new canal channel from John Robinson (Westfield) Lock at Eastington near Westfield Bridge to connect with the new channel already constructed at the A38 roundabout.

Stroud Water Canal "Missing Mile"

The route diverts away from the historic route of the canal, as this original route has been built on at the motorway junction, highway depot and A38 roundabout and link road. The new canal channel diverts south from Westfield bridge before going under the motorway, sharing the existing River Frome underpass with a dividing wall which will act as a flood barrier.

Cotswold Canals Trust is currently scaling up its restoration volunteer teams with the skills, equipment and resources required to deliver this project. Anyone interested in volunteering on this historic project to restore the Stroudwater Navigation can find out more at

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