Consultation on improved access to the coast between Allonby and Whitehaven

ON Monday 17th December 2012 Natural England submitted its report to the Secretary of State setting out our proposals for improved access to the coast between Allonby and Whitehaven. These proposals form part of a programme to establish a continuous walking route around England’s coastline under the provisions of Part 9 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

You can make representations to the Secretary of State about the proposals. Owners and occupiers of affected land are also entitled to make objections about the report.

All representations and objections about the report must be received by Natural England no later than 5pm on Monday 11th February 2013

Before deciding whether you wish to make a representation, you may find it helpful to consult Defra’s detailed guidance on making representations and objections about the report, which is published at:

If you decide to make a representation, we suggest you read the relevant guidance notes for making a representation which are available online by following the link to the coastal access pages on the Natural England website: If you then navigate to the ‘Cumbria: Allonby to Whitehaven’ webpages you will find several documents including:

  • A copy of the report, which consists of an Overview document and four separate chapters with accompanying maps.
  • A copy of the form that must be used for making a representation
  • Notes to help complete the form.
  • A summary of the public consultation on our Draft Proposals, which summarises the responses we received and explains any significant changes to the proposals which we made as a result.

If after reading the guidance notes you have any further queries regarding the process or require further copies of either of the forms, you can call the enquiry line on 0845 600 3078 or send us an email to

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will make a decision about the report when all representations and objections have been considered. Establishment of the new access arrangements will not begin until that decision is made.