Hampshire’s countryside access network is extensive and diverse, incorporating rights of way, permissive paths and areas of public green space. As well as being highly valued by residents and visitors, the network provides significant benefits to health and well-being and to the local economy. Whilst satisfaction levels overall are high, the network needs to meet changing needs in a way that provides the most widespread benefit.
The County Council is therefore reviewing and updating the Countryside Access Plan for the coming decade; public consultation on the draft below has now closed and the final version is expected to be available on this page in July 2015.
Background information and research on which the new plan has been based, for context:
Legal background 18 kB
Areas of Influence 10 kB
Assessment of Needs 558 kB
Public survey results 54 kB
The 2008-13 Plan consists of 7 local area plans and a countywide ‘Overview’ document. Each local plan identifies the main issues in a particular part of Hampshire and suggests what should be done to improve access to the countryside in that area. The County Overview looks at factors that affect the whole of Hampshire and the main priorities for overcoming them.
The Countryside Access Plans meet the requirement for Hampshire County Council as a highway authority to produce a 'Rights of Way Improvement Plan' under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.