Management plan for coast to be discussed

National Park Commission Summer 2008
National Park Commission Summer 2008

The future of the coastline around Whitby is set to be discussed after a five-year master plan for the region was announced this week.

Local authorities are asking residents what should be included in the plan, which will shape the management of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast.

Coastal projects officer John Beech said: “This is a great chance to steer the partnership document and ensure we are all reaping the benefits of living and working along this glorious stretch of coastline in North Yorkshire and Cleveland.

“The views of local residents are crucial to its success, so we are keen to collect as many thoughts as possible from interested individuals and organisations.”

From wide aspirations for the future to small enhancement projects, all ideas are welcome to ensure the new plan reflects the opinions of those living and working on the coast.

The management plan will focus on work to enhance the rural coastline between Saltburn and Scarborough. However, it will exclude the developed areas of Whitby, Scarborough and Saltburn.

The plan will run from 2015 to 2020 and will highlight schemes that make the most of the coast for both visitors and residents.

It will focus on the four themes of conservation, recreation, beach and water quality and coastal communities.

In order to take part in the consultation event, a questionnaire can be obtained from libraries along the Heritage Coast.

Alternatively it can be accessed online from or

The closing date for comments is 31 July 2014, although people will get another opportunity to comment on the draft plan later in the year.

The plan is being written by the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast partnership group which includes the North York Moors National Park Authority, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

Real projects will be developed wherever possible from the plan and it will also contain information on suitable sources of funding to make improvement schemes happen.

The North Yorkshire and Cleveland Coastal Forum was formed in July 2002 to give everyone with an interest in the management of the coast the opportunity to discuss issues, and to guide and shape future policies and actions. The full forum meets once a year.