South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Greenodd/Penny Bridge (Questions 87 to 88)

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

Context/Issues and Map


Greenodd and Penny Bridge are grouped villages with a population of approximately 468. The villages are close to the Lake District National Park and occupy a steep hillside with the lower part adjoining the River Crake. Greenodd/Penny Bridge has good transport links and it has a primary school.  It is located off the A590 road linking Barrow in Furness and Ulverston with Kendal and the M6 motorway. The A5092 provides road links to the western Lake District and towards Coniston. Employment premises and employers in Greenodd include Armer’s agricultural engineers and related retail together with several business on the Crakeside Business Park and the Crakeside Works premises.

In terms of services and facilities Greenodd/Penny Bridge has a convenience shop and part time post office. It also benefits from a range of built community facilities including the church, village hall and two public houses. There is no doctor’s surgery. Outdoor community facilities include the Crake Valley Croquet Club and the Penny Bridge primary school’s sports field. There is no village public children’s play area.

Greenodd/Penny Bridge has a relatively good public bus service. It is on three bus service routes: Windermere to Barrow-in-Furness – 6; Coniston to Ulverston – X12; and Kendal to Barrow-in-Furness – X6. The villages are also on the routes of the Walney to Wear and Whitby (W2W) and The Bay cycleways.

There has been no completed new build housing development in the villages since 2010.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Development will need to avoid the lower lying land around the River Crake near to Greenodd/Penny Bridge, which is at risk from flooding. Protecting landscape quality is a consideration as the villages are relatively close to the National Park boundary.  On the valley sides the land in parts is more steeply sloping land which acts as a constraint to development. 

Land at the Old Vicarage is allocated in the current Local Plan for housing. There has not been a planning application submitted on the site to date.

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

  • Development Boundary for Greenodd/Penny Bridge (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)
88. How do you see Greenodd/Penny Bridge changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Greenodd/Penny Bridge over this period? If so what sorts of homes are needed and where do you think (broadly) they could be built?

So far there has been one site in Greenodd 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.