Find out about the progress of improving coastal access - including maps, process and timing – in Kent.
Map of the stretch
Since April 2013, Natural England has been preparing proposals to improve public access along a 40 km stretch of the Kent coast between Ramsgate and Whitstable.
Stage of progress
Stage 4: Determine
On 25 March 2015, Natural England submitted a report to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved access to the coast between Ramsgate and Whitstable.
The period for making formal representations and objections about the report closed at 5pm on 20 May 2015. The report is still available to view.
The Secretary of State will consider all the representations and objections before making a decision about Natural England’s report.
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 is expected to make a decision on the report in 2015.
Stage 5: Open
Once the Secretary of State has approved the report, Natural England will start work with Kent 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 come into force along the route and adjoining spreading room. This is expected to happen in 2016.
- Closed consultation
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 for any comments, suggestions or queries 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 more information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the south east of England.