On Monday 17 December 2012 we submitted a report to the Secretary of State setting out our proposals for improved access to the Durham coast between North Gare and South Bents.
View the report online.
The period for making formal representations and objections about the report closed at 5pm on Monday 11 February 2013.
The representations and objections that were received will now be considered carefully by the Secretary of State before he makes a decision about our report. Objections have been forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate, for consideration by an independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. The Inspector will then make recommendations to the Secretary of State in respect of each one.
Natural England may not make any further changes to our report as a result of the representations and objections, but we will make comments about them for consideration by the Secretary of State and (with respect to objections) the planning inspector.
The Secretary of State is expected to make a decision on the report in spring 2013. Once there is an approved set of proposals, the new route will be prepared for public use. When these preparations are complete, new access rights will come into force along the route and adjoining spreading room.
Enquiries about the report should be emailed to Natural England at: email@example.com
Or sent by post to:
Coastal Access Delivery Team (North East)
Room 206 Lancaster House
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH
Telephone: 0845 600 3078
Public consultation on our Draft Proposals for this stretch of coast closed on Friday 3 August 2012. The Draft Proposals are still available to view on our website. We have also published a short summary of the consultation: (45kb) which describes the responses we received and the main changes made to our proposals as a result.