Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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Join the debate on west Cumbria coast plans

There are just under two weeks left to have your say on final proposals for improving access to 22 miles of coastline between Allonby and Whitehaven.

Natural England submitted its final proposals to the Secretary of State in December, as well as publishing them online.

The organisation is reminding everyone that there is still a chance for them to make representations and objections.

The closing date is Monday, February 11 at 5pm.

Anyone can make representations, but owners and occupiers of affected land may make objections on specified grounds which then will be considered by a Planning Inspector before the Secretary of State makes a final decision.

This is the first coastal access report in Cumbria and follows on from a public consultation held between May and August last year after extensive discussions with landowners, tenants and local organisations.

The report outlines key improvements to existing access along the coast in Cumbria between Allonby and Whitehaven. The proposals are:

  • To identify a clear and continuous walking route along this part of the coast, bringing sections of existing coastal footpath closer to the sea;
  • To allow the route to ‘roll back’ if the coastline erodes or slips, solving the long-standing difficulties of maintaining a continuous route along the coast;
  • To secure statutory rights of public access to areas of beach, cliff and coastal land for the first time in places where people currently enjoy access by long tradition or with the landowners permission.

Copies of the report can be viewed in council offices and libraries along the coast between Allonby and Whitehaven.

The full report and forms are available on Natural England’s website


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