Landowners urged to act against coastal access plans

PUBLISHED: 13:15 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010

LANDOWNERS are being urged to act against the Government's coastal access proposals by land agent Savills Rural.

LANDOWNERS are being urged to act against the Government's coastal access proposals by land agent Savills Rural.The draft Marine Bill, recently published by Defra, could open up land to the public across England's entire coastline and without any compensation to the landowner, said Savills' associate director Mike Pennington.He told the Herald: "This has the potential to create a lot of concern and cost for landowners in coastal margins - but with some careful planning there should be ways to control access and minimise its impact."The bill would amend the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which gave public right of access to open moorland, mountains and heathland. It seeks to provide a national coastal margin, including access to beaches, cliffs and dunes, with certain exceptions such as developed land, parks and gardens, quarries and Ministry of Defence land.

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