South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Flookburgh/Cark (Questions 83 to 84)

Our current Local Service Centres act as locations which provide a more limited but important range of services (including primary schools, a local shop, and public transport provision) serving the needs of the local population and nearby rural communities. Current Local Plan policies support some new development including housing of an appropriate scale within these centres to ensure they remain viable and sustainable communities.

In this section, we provide a brief description of the local service centre including an indication of what development has taken place in the last 10 years or so and current issues affecting the place.  A map is included which illustrates a number of features and characteristics of the village, including services, facilities, open spaces and planned development.

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83. Have we captured in the map and text belowthe main issues that need to be considered when thinking about the future of Flookburgh/Cark, should there be any changes?

Context/Issues and Map


Flookburgh/Cark are grouped villages with a population of approximately 1,304, located in the southern part of the Cartmel Peninsula. Facilities include convenience stores, post office, GP surgery, village halls, public house, primary school and a range of recreational facilities including playing fields, play areas and bowling green. There is a railway station at Cark on the Furness Line providing services to Grange-over-Sands, Lancaster, Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness. There is a limited bus service providing links to Cartmel and Kendal. The Bay cycleway runs through Cark and Flookburgh. 21 houses have been built in the villages since 2010.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Parts of Cark and the area between Cark and Flookburgh is affected by flood risk from Mill Race, and southern parts of Flookburgh are on the edge of the coastal flood plain. The communities are accessed by B classified and minor country roads and access to the main road network is more restricted compared to some other Local Service Centres in the plan area. There is a need to retain the distinctive character of the two villages, and this is currently aided by the designation of a green gap. The Local Plan allocates three sites for residential development at East of Winder Lane, East of Manorside and North of Allithwaite Road.

In answering the above, please consider giving your views on the following:

  • Development Boundary for Flookburgh/Cark (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 of the survey)
  • Green gap between Flookburgh and Cark (see section 4.2.5 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 18 and 19 of the survey)
  • Open spaces important to your community (see section 4.4.5 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 110 and 111 of the survey)
  • Facilities identified in the Settlement Services and Facilities document (see section of the Issues and Options Report and question 13 of the survey)
84. How do you see Flookburgh/Cark changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Flookburgh/Cark over this period? If so what sort of homes are needed and where do you think (broadly) they could be built?

So far there have been a number of sites in Flookburgh/Cark suggested for allocation for development in the ‘Call for Sites’ in summer 2020. As part of this consultation, you can comment on sites already submitted and also suggest other sites which may be suitable for allocation in the Local Plan for housing or business development. For more information and opportunity to comment, please see section 4.2.6 and questions 20 and 21 in Theme 2.