South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Natland (Questions 95 to 96)

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

Context/Issues and Map


Natland is a village of approximately 531 people, about 2 miles south of Kendal. It is located close to the River Kent within an open countryside setting. It has a primary school serving the needs of residents in the village and parts of Kendal, a village hall, and post office/tea room. It is served by limited bus services to Arnside. A range of bus services to Kendal are available on Burton Road approximately ten minutes’ walk away. It is located on the National Cycle Network (route 6). Access into the village is via minor country roads, with links to Kendal/Oxenholme and the A65. There has been some housing development in the village in the last 10 years (16 dwellings). An extra care housing scheme is currently under construction to the east of the village on the A65 on the Local Plan South of Fell Close allocation site.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

There are opportunities to improve pedestrian and cyclist links into the village including the primary school connecting with the A65 and Kendal via Natland Road. There is also opportunity to enhance recreational links to the former Lancaster canal and along its tow path. There are localised surface water drainage issues in the village partly on account of reliance on soakaways, highways drainage and its position on lower ground near to the River Kent with sloping hillside to the east up to the West Coast Mainline Railway. The Local Plan allocates a site at Sedgwick Road for housing development. The village is currently separated from Oxenholme by a green gap designation to prevent Natland merging with Oxenholme.

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

  • Development Boundary for Natland (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 16 and 17 of the survey)
  • Green gap between Natland and Oxenholme (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)


96. How do you see Natland changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Natland 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 Natland 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.