Stage 5: Open
If you are planning a walk on the ECP, check our interactive access maps for details of local access restrictions and coast path diversions which may apply at certain times.
Coastal access rights normally apply to all land that is coastal margin - including any land seaward of the route - unless it falls into a category of excepted land.
Use the links below to see details of the Secretary of State’s decision to approve Natural England’s proposals and for guidance on your rights and responsibilities if the ECP passes through your land.
Variation reports on approved sections
Sometimes it’s necessary to change sections of an approved route. The proposed changes are published as variation reports. Anyone can comment (make a representation) on these proposals. Affected landowners and occupiers can make an objection.
Proposals to change the approved route at Mill Creek, Newhaven (VR16)
On Thursday 26 May 2022, Natural England submitted a variation report (VR16) to the Secretary of State setting out proposals to change the approved route of the England Coast Path in East Sussex at Mill Creek, Newhaven.
This change affects part of the approved route from Chapter 3 of the original report. A new relief road for Newhaven Port has been constructed over the approved route of the ECP. As part of the road scheme, the public footpath used by the trail has been realigned eastwards, passing under a new road bridge over Mill Creek. This new public footpath turns seawards on the east side of the new road to join the approved route by the coast.
This variation is proposed due to the road development and the loss of the approved route.
The period for making representations and objections about the report closed at midnight on Thursday 21 July 2022.
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 reports as a result of 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.