South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Burneside (Questions 75 to 76)

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.


Read the Local Service Centres section of the Issues and Options Report in full here

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

Context/Issues and Map


Burneside is a village of approximately 1,063 people, located about a mile to the north west of Kendal, within the River Kent valley. It has a range of services and facilities including a village shop, public house, primary school, community centre and recreational facilities (cricket, bowling green, football and tennis). It is served by local bus services to Kendal town centre, and the Lakes Line Railway (Windermere – Oxenholme via Kendal). It lies on The Dales Way long distance footpath and National Cycle Route 6.  It includes the district’s largest employer James Cropper PLC Paper Mill.  There has been very limited development in the village in the last 10 years – just 3 dwellings.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Despite being close to the main A591 highway, road access links into the village are via narrow country roads, which is a particular issue for large HGV vehicles wishing to access the paper mill. Large parts of the village are at risk of flooding from the River Kent and there are historic sewerage infrastructure issues that we understand are currently being addressed by United Utilities.

The Local Plan allocates land at Hall Park and on the Willink Field for housing development, along with a site for recreational facilities to compensate for the loss of the existing tennis courts and football pitch. A Neighbourhood Plan is currently being prepared for the Parish, and is at an early stage. The future growth of Kendal needs to be considered in context of potential impacts on Burneside including the options for a Kendal Northern Access Route. Burneside is currently separated from Kendal by a designated green gap to retain distinctive identity and prevent both communities merging.


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

  • Development Boundary for Burneside (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 of the survey)
  • Green gap between Kendal and Burneside (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)
76. How do you see Burneside changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Burneside 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 a number of sites in Burneside 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.