South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Burton-in-Kendal (Questions 77 to 78)

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

Context/Issues and Map


Burton-in-Kendal is a historic village of approximately 1,384 people, located between Kendal and Lancaster. It has a range of services and facilities including a village store, post office, GP surgery, public house, primary school and recreational facilities (play area and playing fields). It is served by the 555 bus service providing links to Kendal, Milnthorpe, Carnforth and Lancaster. The Clawthorpe Hall Business Centre and Dalton Hall Business Centre are located close to the village. The historic village core has a large number of listed buildings and is a Conservation Area. 24 dwellings have been built in the village in the last 10 years, including development at the East of Hutton Close housing allocation site. Planning permission has recently been granted for 28 affordable houses on the East of Boon Town housing allocation site.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Key issues for consideration include the need to protect the village’s heritage assets. The Conservation Area has been added to Historic England’s ‘heritage at risk’ register and a Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas (PSiCA) has been designated and funded by Historic England, the District Council, Parish Council and others to enhance the public realm in the Square and grant aid the repair of listed buildings. The A6070 runs through the centre of the village and this has an impact on pedestrian accessibility due to its narrowness and restricted pavements. It also introduces noise and other issues associated with the volume of vehicular traffic. Background noise from the nearby M6 is also an issue for local amenity.

The Local Plan allocates a mixed use employment / housing site at Green Dragon Farm, and a Development Brief has been adopted for the site. Localised drainage issues need to be taken into account in considering future development opportunities in the village.

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

  • Development Boundary for Burton-in-Kendal (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 or the survey)
  • Open spaces important to your community (see section 4.4.5 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 110 and 111 or 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)
78. How do you see Burton-in-Kendal changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Burton-in-Kendal 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 Burton-in-Kendal 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.