Closed – consultation on St Bees Head Heritage Coast Extension

Closed 15th February 2019

Copeland Borough Council is consulting on a proposal to extend the St Bees Head Heritage Coast designation.

St Bees Head is the only heritage coast between Wales and Scotland, and the only area of high sea cliffs in the north-west. The St Bees Head Heritage Coast was defined in 1992 and is currently 6 km in length. It is the only area of Heritage Coast lying between Wales and Scotland. The National Trust, Colourful Coast Partnership, Copeland Borough Council and Natural England have been working together to explore the options to extend the St Bees Head Heritage Coast northwards towards Whitehaven and the Council has identified land that could form an extension to the St Bees Head Heritage Coast and provide a gateway to the Heritage Coast from the town of Whitehaven

Heritage Coasts were established to conserve the best stretches of undeveloped coast in England. A heritage coast is defined by agreement between the relevant maritime local authorities and Natural England. The criteria below set out what Heritage Coasts were established to achieve:

  • Conserve, protect and enhance the natural beauty of the coastline, their terrestrial, coastal and marine flora and fauna and their heritage features
  • Encourage and help the public to enjoy, understand and appreciate these areas
  • Maintain and improve the health of inshore waters affecting Heritage Coasts and their beaches through appropriate environmental management measures
  • Take account of the needs of agriculture, forestry and fishing and the economic social needs of the small communities on these coasts

For more information including a map of the proposed new boundary see the Colourful Coast website (which also contains links to Copeland Borough Council’s consultation page) or go straight to the consultation page by following this link.



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