South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Kirkby-in-Furness (Questions 91 to 92)

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

Context/Issues and Map


Kirkby-in-Furness is a village with a population of approximately 921, located next to the Duddon estuary and set against the backdrop, to the east, of Kirkby Moor. Kirkby-in-Furness has a primary school. There’s also a convenience store and post office and a doctor’s surgery. A range of community facilities can be accessed, including a village community centre, the Beckside Rooms and the listed St. Cuthbert’s Church. There’s a public house at The Ship Inn, Askew Gate Brow. Outdoor community facilities include the Kirkby Bowls Club, the Community Centre Recreation Ground and sports pitches. A key employer in the vicinity of the village is Burlington Slate Quarry.

The village is on a bus route (Kirkby-in-Furness to Barrow/Ulverston - X7), although the service is relatively limited in frequency. There’s a train station on the Cumbrian Coast line at Sandside which serves the village allowing travel between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. This connects with the Furness line at Barrow-in-Furness.

The existing Local Plan allocates two sites for housing in the village; one at Four Lane Ends and the other site which is adjacent to the Burlington Primary School. The latter site has planning consent for housing for 46 dwellings. There has also been planning permission granted in the past ten years for 3 dwellings on unallocated sites.

Since 2010 there have been 3 completed dwellings within the village.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

The village is located on the main A595 which links the west coast of Cumbria with Barrow-in-Furness. Improvements to infrastructure due to be carried out in the local area includes Cumbria County Council’s planned A595 road improvements between Grizebeck and Chapels. Flooding is a risk to development along the coastline at Sandside. There is also a risk of flooding along the beck between Beckside and Soutergate. A high voltage overhead electricity line passes relatively close to the village.

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

  • Development Boundary for Kirkby-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)
92. How do you see Kirkby-in-Furness changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Kirkby-in-Furness 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 Kirkby-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 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.