Coastal Path (Definition) Bill (HC Bill 70)




Make provision for the definition of a coastal path in England in respect of the
coastal access duty under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; and for
connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Coastal path definition: removal of river estuaries

In the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, omit section 301 (river estuaries).

2 Coastal access scheme

(1) Within the period of 8 months beginning with the day on which this section
5comes into force, Natural England must—

(a) prepare a scheme pursuant to section 298 of the Marine and Coastal
Access Act 2009, taking into account the effects of this Act, and

(b) submit the scheme to the Secretary of State.

(2) Any scheme submitted under this section is to be treated as a scheme
10submitted pursuant to section 298(1)(b) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act

3 Consequential amendments

(1) The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 is amended as follows—

(a) in section 309, in the definition of “the sea”, omit the words “subject to
15section 301”, and

(b) in Schedule 20, omit paragraph 9(1)(c).

(2) Paragraph 3 of Schedule 1A to the National Parks and Access to Countryside
Act 1949 is amended as follows—

(a) omit sub-paragraph (3)(f), and

(b) 20in sub-paragraph (6)(b), omit the words “and (where appropriate)
section 301(4)”.

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4 Transitional, transitory or saving provision

(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument make
such transitional, transitory or saving provision as the Secretary of State
considers appropriate in connection with the coming into force of any
5provision of this Act.

(2) Any statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (1) shall be
subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of

5 Financial provisions

10There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a) any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of this Act by the Secretary of
State, or by a government department, and

(b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act
out of money so provided.

6 15Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales.

(2) Sections 4 to 6 of this Act come into force two months after the day on which
the Act is passed.

(3) Sections 1 to 3 of this Act come into force four months after the day on which
20this Act is passed.

(4) This Act may be cited as the Coastal Path (Definition) Act 2018.