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 58 km stretch of the Kent coast between Whitstable and Iwade. This new access is expected to be ready in 2018.
Officers from Kent County Council, Canterbury City 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 4: Determine
On Wednesday 21 June 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 Whitstable and Iwade.
The period for making representations and objections about the report closed at midnight on Wednesday 16 August. 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 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 will consider all the representations and objections before making a decision about Natural England’s report.
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 be brought into force along the route and adjoining spreading room. This is expected to happen in winter 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.
England Coast Path delivery team (South east)
Floor 9, International House
Telephone 0208 026 8045
See the map below for information about progress on improving coastal access in other parts of Kent.
Published: 30 June 2015
Updated: 17 August 2017
- Page updated to show the opportunity to comment on proposals for this stretch has ended.
- Page updated to show work has now reached stage 4.
- Publication date for the proposals report revised from autumn 2016 to winter 2016/17.
- Page updated to show that work on this stretch has now reached 'stage 2'.
- First published.
From: Natural England