Find out about the progress of improving coastal access – including maps, process and timing – in South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Map of the stretch
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.
Stage of progress
Stage 4: Determine
On 24 March 2017, 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 South Bents and Amble.
The period for making formal representations and objections about the report closed at 5pm on 19 May 2017. 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 summer 2017.
Stage 5: Open
Once the Secretary of State has approved the report, Natural England will start work with South Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland 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 be brought into force along the route and adjoining spreading room. This is expected to happen in summer/autumn 2018.
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.
Coastal access delivery team (North east)
Telephone: 0300 060 3900
See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of the north east of England.
Published: 14 August 2015
Updated: 19 May 2017
- Updated page to show that opportunity to submit a representation and objection about the proposals has closed.
- Page updated as Natural England's proposals have been published.
- Updated page as work on this stretch has moved to stage 2/3: develop and propose.
- First published.
From: Natural England