Open access restrictions at The Downs (case numbers: 2006110003 & 2006100112)

Closed 15 Dec 2017

Opened 30 Nov 2017

Results Updated 2 Feb 2018

Natural England has decided how to proceed following its proposed restriction to restrict access to open access land (case numbers: 2006100112 and 2006110003).

Details can be found in the outcome summary.

The maps shows the open access land affected.



Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at this site.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) gives a public right of access to land mapped as ‘open country’ (mountain, moor, heath and down) or registered common land. These areas are known as ‘open access land’.  Much of the ‘coastal margin’ of the England Coast Path is also open access land under the same Act.

Landowners have the right to apply to the relevant authority (Natural England, the national park authorities or the Forestry Commission) to restrict or exclude access to open access land for the purposes of land management or public safety.  The relevant authority has the right to restrict access without application from the landowner for the purposes of public safety, nature conservation or (in the case of the coastal access margin) land management. 

Before making a decision on all such cases, the relevant authority must consult on any proposals that will restrict or exclude access indefinitely or for a continuous period that exceeds or may exceed six months.

The proposals for this particular site are outlined in the consultation document and map below.



  • Local Authorities
  • Walkers


  • Access to countryside and coast