HLS & Permissive Access – A Report for Natural England

An evaluation of permissive access under Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) options was carried out over the period October 2011 – March 2012 by CCRI in conjunction with Ken Taylor of Asken Ltd.  The evaluation included telephone and face-to-face interviews with a sample of HLS permissive access agreement holders, and face-to-face interviews with a range of national and local level stakeholders representing user groups and other interested bodies such as local authorities.  The aim of the study was to evaluate the contribution of HLS permissive access options, and explore the potential for future voluntary provision of access.   The research indicates