South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Swarthmoor (Questions 99 to 100)

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

Context/Issues and Map


Swarthmoor is a village with a population of approximately 1,370. It has good road transport links, being located on the A590 between Ulverston and Dalton-in-Furness.  It does not have a convenience shop, post office or doctor’s surgery. There are a range community facilities available, including: the Pennington Memorial Hall; Reading Room; Methodist Church and the Miner’s Arms public house.  Pennington Primary School and Pennington Nursery are not within Swarthmoor itself, but located off Pennington Lane. There are a few outdoor community facilities consisting of play areas and Pennington School playing field. There are also pitches at Swarthmoor Football Club. The Walney to Wear and Whitby (W2W) national cycleway passes close to the village.

The village has good access to public transport (bus). There are 4 bus routes giving access to: Croftlands in Ulverston and to Barrow; to Windermere; and it is on the regular bus service from Kendal to Barrow and vice versa. Swarthmoor is also on the route of the south to north Ulverston service. There is no rail station.

The existing Local Plan allocates land at Swarthmoor (Cross-a-Moor) for housing. The site is also subject of an adopted development brief. There has been only one new dwelling completed since 2010.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Swarthmoor is currently separated from south west Ulverston by a Local Plan green gap designation which seeks to prevent Swarthmoor merging with Ulverston. Swarthmoor Hall is a grade II* listed heritage asset that is located to the north of the village within the green gap.

Funding has been obtained through a range of sources towards the provision of a roundabout at Cross-a-Moor which will open up access to planned housing development at Croftlands and Swarthmoor as identified in the current Local Plan.

There are ‘pockets’ of areas with known surface water flooding in the area south of Swarthmoor. Historic mining in the area may be a constraint to development. 

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

  • Development Boundary for Swarthmoor (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 of the survey)
  • Green gap between Swarthmoor and Ulverston (see section 4.2.5 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 18 and 19 if 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)
100. How do you see Swarthmoor changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Swarthmoor over this period? Is 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 Swarthmoor 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.