The plans to improve coastal access arise from Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, which places a duty on Natural England to make proposals to the Secretary of State for a long-distance walking route around the coast and for an adjoining margin of land where the public will also have a right of access on foot. This might include foreshore, grazing land or cliffs but will not affect buildings, their curtilage or gardens.
Natural England will be investigating options for the stretches of coast between St Mawes and Cremyll over the coming months. As you’ll be aware, this part of the coast already has the South West Coast Path along it for the entire length. Wherever possible our approach here will be to adopt this existing route as part of the trail – we expect this to happen on most sections of coast along this length. Where this happens, the project will be about confirming the existing route, making it easier to deal with any future loss of the path to landslip or erosion, and confirming public access rights over certain coastal land types such as beaches and cliffs, which is something the legislation also addresses.
We will work in close association with officers from the local authority who will be providing expert local advice and help us to ensure there is full consultation with local interests. We will be contacting all landowners to share our initial thinking and will offer to meet with the owners and occupiers of the land to discuss potential options for the trail and the adjoining margin. It is important to note that there will be no new public access along the coast until the proposals have been approved by the Secretary of State. We expect the whole process for the stretch to be completed during 2019.
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We would be happy to meet up with you in due course to discuss the work and address any issues that you may have. Alternatively if you would just like to speak to a member of our team to find out more about the project, please get in touch – details are shown below.
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