South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Great/Little Urswick (Questions 85 to 86)

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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Great/Little Urswick
85. Have we captured in the map and text above the main issues that need to be considered when thinking about the future of Great/Little Urswick, should there be any changes?

Context/Issues and Map


Great/Little Urswick are grouped villages with a population of approximately 745, located a few miles south of Ulverston. Great Urswick is focused around the tarn within a shallow valley. Birkrigg Common with public access lies to the east. There are prehistoric remains north and west of the villages including a fort, settlement and burial chamber.

There is no shop or post office in Great/Little Urswick and currently one operating public house. The Low Furness Primary school is located south of the grade 1 listed parish church in between the two settlements as is the recreation hall. The school has an outdoor community playing field and sports pitches. A play area is located in between the parish church and the school.

There are no existing employment opportunities or obvious main employers within the villages themselves. Employment opportunities in the vicinity include Stainton Quarry and a small industrial estate located some miles away near to Bardsea.

New build housing development has been small in terms of numbers. Since 2010 six housing units in total have been completed in the Great/Little Urswick villages.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

A key issue is the sustainability of the villages given the loss of services since 2010. There is no public transport in the form of a bus service and the nearest train stations are in Ulverston followed by Dalton-in-Furness.

Mapping shows flooding risk, including surface water, in Great Urswick both around the tarn and to the west in the Kirk Flatt area and south near to Urswick Beck. The existing identified Local Plan Urswick Green Gap area, located in between the two villages, also includes areas prone to surface water flooding. Other constraints include limestone pavements and outcrops in the vicinity of the villages. It’s understood that there are potential geological Marl deposits around Great Urswick Tarn. Given past finds in the locality, there may also be potential for archaeological remains.

The existing Local Plan allocates land for housing at Mid-Town Farm, Little Urswick. There has not been a planning application on this site. The Local Plan also allocates land for community use to meet open space and recreation needs near to the existing recreation hall on Church Road. This allocation has not been implemented. The current L ocal Plan identifies a green gap which separates the two villages to retain the villages’ distinctive identities and prevent them merging.

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

  • Development Boundary for Great/Little Urswick (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 of the survey)
  • Green gap between Great and Little Urswick (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)
86. How do you see Great/ Little Urswick changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Great/Little Urswick over this period? If so what sorts of homes are needed and where do you think (broadly) they could be built?

So far there have been two sites in Great Urswick 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.