South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Oxenholme (Questions 97 to 98)

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

Context/Issues and Map


Oxenholme is a former railway village of approximately 837 people and is located close to the built up area of Kendal, separated by the West Coast Mainline Railway and Windermere-Oxenholme branch line. It is bounded to the east by the ‘The Helm’, a hill popular for local recreation.  There is a petrol station with a small shop, along with a food shop next to the railway station. The village shop/post office has recently closed. Other facilities include a play area, the Station Inn public house located out of the village and Oxenholme Railway Station. It is served by the Kendal Town bus service, and bus routes to Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh. The railway station provides links to Kendal, Windermere, and stations on the national network including Lancaster and Carlisle. The Walney to Wear national cycle network and NCN 6 through to Kendal run close to the village. There has been some housing development in the village in the last 10 years (17 dwellings) including completion of the local plan allocation site west of Burton Road. An extra care housing scheme is currently under construction on the South of Fell Close site allocation on the A65.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

The village is currently separated from Kendal and Natland by green gap designations to prevent the village merging with Kendal and Natland.

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

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


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