Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 69 km stretch of the South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland coast between South Bents and Amble. This new access is expected to be ready in early 2018.
Officers from South Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland 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.
Natural England will publish further details of the approved route in due course.
Work is now underway to prepare the new stretch of coast path for public use. The first step is to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is needed, 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 be ready in 2018.