Find out about the progress of improving coastal access – including maps, process and timing – in Kent.
Map of the stretch
Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 51km stretch of the Kent coast around the Isle of Sheppey. This new access is expected to be ready in 2019.
Officers from Kent County Council and Swale District 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 1: Prepare
Natural England is:
- holding discussions with national and local organisations as well as interested individuals to get their ideas and concerns about current access along this stretch
- assessing the problems, opportunities and constraints for improving access along this stretch of coast
- seeking to identify owners and occupiers of land that might be affected
Stage 2: Develop
Natural England will speak to all local landowners and others with legal interests in potentially affected land to:
- share initial thinking
- ask for their views about where the route might go on their part of the stretch
Natural England will invite landowners to ‘walk the course’ when they visit the land to discuss the best approach to take. This process will help make sure sensitive features are protected.
There will be an opportunity to comment on the proposals to improve coastal access at stage 3. See the detailed guide below for more information.
- Detailed guide
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.
England Coast Path Delivery Team (south east)
Area 3A, Nobel House
17 Smith Square
Telephone: 0208 026 8045
See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the south of England.