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Evaluation of Permissive Access Options in HLS Agreements - LM0405

Description
The aim of the HLS permissive access options was to provide new access to enhance the public enjoyment of the countryside.

The HLS Handbook states the outcomes for HLS permissive access as being:
• Specified access provisions will enhance public enjoyment of the countryside
• Specified access provisions allow people (including the less mobile) to enjoy more of the countryside
• Specified access provisions enhance and improve the wider PROW network by creating circular routes that provide new access opportunities to features such as riverbanks, historic features and areas of wildlife or landscape interest.

An evaluation was required to establish the extent to which the HLS permissive access options delivered their outcomes, and how effectively these options were delivered and managed.
Objective
The overall aim of the project was to evaluate the extent to which existing HLS permissive access agreements are delivering their intended outcomes, and the value that permissive access is delivering to agreement holders, access users, the wider public, and towards the outcomes for HLS as a whole. The project had two broad objectives:

Objective 1: To evaluate the extent to which existing HLS permissive access agreements are delivering their intended outcomes; whether there are any unintended (or indirect) impacts, and how these impacts are experienced by different stakeholders.

Objective 2: Assessment of the effect of the change to a voluntary approach to the delivery of the intended outcomes for HLS permissive access.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : LM0405 FINAL REPORT   (1009k)
• ANX - Annex : LM0405 appendix 1   (1134k)
• ANX - Annex : LM0405 appendix 2   (1275k)
• ANX - Annex : LM0405 appendix 3   (359k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2012

Cost: £83,992
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CCRU Countryside & Community Unit
Keywords
Environmental Stewardship              
Higher Level Scheme