South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Broughton-in-Furness (Questions 73 to 74)

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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73. Have we captured in the map and the text below the main issues that need to be considered when thinking about the future of Broughton-in-Furness, should there be any changes?

Context/Issues and Map


Broughton-in-Furness is a historic village with a population of approximately 469, set around a village square and conservation area. It is located mostly within the Lake District National Park. A small part of the village is within the South Lakeland Local Plan area, to the east of the village primarily along Foxfield Road and High Kepplewray. Services and facilities include a village convenience shop, the Square Café, a post office and newsagent, primary school, community centre (Victory Hall), medical practice and three public houses.

The village has recreational facilities including a recreation ground, tennis club and a school playing field. There is also an allotment field. A key employer based within the village and on sites elsewhere locally is CGP, an educational publishing company. Broughton-in-Furness is not served by a public bus service and the nearest train station is some distance away at Foxfield.

There has been no new build housing development completions in the South Lakeland Local Plan area of the village within the past 10 years.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Broadband provision is relatively poor as is in general terms the mobile phone signal. Since 2010 the village has lost the bank and there is also no 24 hour cash machine. A key constraint is the loss of the public bus service. The lack of public car parking provision has been a relatively longstanding concern within the village.

Although most of the area at risk from flooding lies south of the village within the Lake District National Park Local Plan area, there is some risk of flooding on land to the east of Foxfield Road in-between Occupation Lane and Foxfield Road.

We also need to ensure that development does not adversely impact on the setting and landscape quality of the National Park, a World Heritage Site. Part of the village is also within a conservation area, designated for its heritage value. Any new development within the South Lakeland Local Plan area should not harm its setting. 

The South Lakeland Local Plan allocates land located east of Foxfield Road for housing and further south along Foxfield Road for local employment uses. Neither site has been developed for the purposes allocated.

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

  • Development Boundary for Broughton-in-Furness (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 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)
74. How do you see Broughton-in-Furness changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Broughton-in-Furness 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 no sites in Broughton-in-Furness suggested for allocation for development in the ‘Call for Sites’ in summer 2020. As part of this consultation, you can comment on sites submitted elsewhere suggested already 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.