England Coast Path: East Head to Shoreham

Find out about the progress of improving coastal access – including maps, process and timing – in West Sussex.

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 69 km stretch of the Sussex coast between East Head and Shoreham.

Officers from West Sussex county council are providing Natural England with expert local advice and helping to make sure there is full consultation with local interests during the development of the route.

Stage of progress

Stage 4: Determine

On 27 September 2017, Natural England submitted a report to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved access to the coast between East Head and Shoreham by Sea.

The period for making representations and objections about the report closed at midnight on Wednesday 22 November 2017. The report is still available to view.

Objections are forwarded for consideration by an independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The inspector will make recommendations to the Secretary of State in respect of each one.

Natural England may not make any further changes to the report as a result of the representations and objections, but will make comments about them for consideration by the Secretary of State and, in the case of objections, the appointed person (an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate).

The Secretary of State will consider all the representations and objections before making a decision about Natural England’s report.

Next steps

Stage 5: Open

Once the Secretary of State has approved the report, Natural England will start work with West Sussex County Council on preparing the route for public use.

The first step will be to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is required such as signs and gates.

When preparations are complete, new access rights will be brought into force along the route and adjoining spreading room.

Find out more about the England Coast Path

See information about all stretches in preparation around England’s coast.

The coastal access scheme gives details of the process being followed to improve access to the coast.

Contact the coastal access team

Contact Natural England with any comments, suggestions or queries you have about improving coastal access.

Coastal access team (South)

Natural England
Mail Hub
County Hall
Spetchley Road


See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the south.

Published 25 September 2015
Last updated 4 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Removed the sentence giving a date for when access is expected to be ready.

  2. Date amended: access expected to be ready in 2020.

  3. Updated page to show this stretch is now at stage 4.

  4. Updated page to show that work has moved to stage 2 and 3.

  5. First published.