Open access land can be restricted for land management, safety or fire prevention reasons.
Land managers apply to the relevant authorities, which are Natural England, the National Parks or the Forestry Commission, for a direction to restrict or exclude access and have the right to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision.
Find out what an open access restriction appeal is, how to lodge an appeal, search for information on appeals currently being considered and view closed appeals.
Chapter II of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 allows people with a legal interest in access land to apply to the relevant authority (Natural England, or National Park authority or the Forestry Commission, depending on the location of the land) to exclude or restrict access for the purposes of land management, or where there is a fire risk, or to prevent danger to the public. The applicant may appeal to the Secretary of State if the relevant authority does not act in accordance with the application in some respect.
Specific and relevant information regarding this appeal process is available from:
Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 - the CROW Act
The Access to the Countryside (Exclusions and Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2003 - the CROW Act’s relevant regulations
Natural England does not administer nor decide appeals, this is done through the Planning Inspectorate, if you wish to lodge an appeal or view details of historic/existing appeals, please visit the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) website.