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 has therefore reviewed and updated the Countryside Access Plan following public consultation. The final version of the Plan has now been agreed; a version formatted for publication will shortly be available on this page.
Background information and research on which the new plan has been based, for context:
Legal background 18 kB
Assessment of Needs 558 kB
Public survey results 54 kB
The 2008-13 Plan included 7 local area plans each of which 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. These local plans have been retained for reference.
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The Countryside Access Plan meets 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.