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Reclaiming the Rural Artefact:The Role of Aesthetics, Environmentalism and Food Security in the Emergence of the Law on Open Access

Mayfield, Benjamin (2010) Reclaiming the Rural Artefact:The Role of Aesthetics, Environmentalism and Food Security in the Emergence of the Law on Open Access. Law and Humanities Journal, 4 (2). pp. 251-273. ISSN 1752-1483

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Abstract

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 have both opened sections of the countryside for recreational access, but have also been used as vehicles for the introduction of new environmental law. In drafting the Acts, legislators have included provisions which maintain a balance between private property rights, open access, the interests of agriculture and the conservation of the environment. This paper contends that this attempt to strike a balance between access and the environment has created a new species of environmental regulation, one which balances rights with responsibilities and recognises the additional benefit of access to the countryside as an educator on the environment and rural affairs. Where competing interest groups have formed a consensus on rights of access, it is through a common recognition of the importance of access to the countryside as a vehicle for these secondary benefits.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Law and Humanities Journal
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 54841
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 31 May 2012 11:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:36
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54841

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