That report was published in 2011 and to date (2014), is still ongoing.
Also since the above reports, the Duchy have met with the NCMD. The NCMD told the Duchy to have a look at the Crown Estates free licence and its easy to use website. Lets hope the Duchy do and they think about how they are going to police it. That should make the Duchy think, just imagine how many £60 they will get to pay for someone to patrol miles and miles of beach, their sums just won't add up.
My own opinion on this subject is until something is set in stone and we all know where we stand I would personally carry on detecting Cornish beaches. Think about all those kids digging holes that never get filled in. All those other beach activities that go on, take fishing, are the people who fish on beaches going to have to pay for a licence, or the kite fliers. Two good points to remember about not upsetting any other beach goers is always to fill your holes back in and try and go detecting either early mornings or late afternoons. Or better still, during the winter months. Another good idea is if you have to do a bit of travelling it may be best to find a contact number to phone them up and ask if its ok to detect there.
I read a good statement from someone on a forum once and I quote,
"If Fishing is allowed from the beach (and other activities) but it is only detecting that has to have a paid permit, surely this is discrimination against a section of the community.
I am led to believe that discrimination against a minority group is illegal and a breach of a persons rights. I can see that it could be legally challenged. I think the NCMD should look into this."
***** UPDATE *****
Today the 14th January 2015 I came across this thread on a metal detecting forum regarding this subject. Seems like things are starting to move. The thread can be read here at the: