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England Coast Path: Harwich to Shotley Gate

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

Map of the stretch

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 39 km stretch of the Essex and Suffolk coast between Harwich and Shotley Gate. This new access is expected to be ready in 2019.

Officers from Essex County Council and Suffolk 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 2 and 3: Develop and Propose

Natural England is now visiting all the land on this stretch of coast that is likely to be affected by our proposals and discussing the options in detail with:

  • people who own or manage the land
  • relevant local and national organisations who have an interest in the stretch

After final discussions have been held with those who have a legal interest in the land, Natural England will begin refining and checking their proposals to improve access to this stretch of coast. This may start sooner for some sections of the stretch than others.

The proposals will be finalised and then published in a report to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This is expected to take place in early summer 2018. Once published, the report will be available on GOV.UK and advertised in the local press.

Copies of the report will be placed in council offices and other appropriate locations in the local area for people to view.

Natural England will contact affected owners and occupiers and the local and national organisations that must be notified by law, to make sure they’re aware that the report has been published.

Next steps

Stage 4: Determine

Once the report has been published, you’ll have 8 weeks to comment on the proposals.

Anyone who wishes to comment will be able to make a representation on the report and owners or occupiers of affected land will be able to make an objection.

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

For advice on making a representation or objection, see the detailed guide below.

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.

Email: EssexCoastalAccess@naturalengland.org.uk

Telephone: 0208 026 5954

Post:

Coastal Access Team (Essex)
Natural England
Eastbrook
Shaftesbury Road
Cambridge
CB2 8DR

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

  1. England Coast Path in Essex

    • Map
Published 9 October 2015
Last updated 12 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated page to show that work on this stretch has reached stages 2 and 3.
  2. First published.