Today there is a ban on building closer than 100 m from the shoreline. This won’t change with the new bill. Instead, it specifies when special dispensation should be given, for instance when the build is an extension of an already existing structure.
In accordance with Swedish tradition, a strip of 25 m along the shoreline will still be open to the public, even if the beach protection in the area has been suspended.
Critics in both environmental agencies and within the Opposition say that the bill concentrates more on these dispensations than increasing the protection of the country’s beaches. In that sense they feel that it is a let down on the promises made by the minister for Environment from last autumn.
The bill will be handed to the Council on Legislation before it goes before the Swedish Parliament, and is meant to come in to effect by 1 July.