South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Levens (Questions 93 to 94)

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

Context/Issues and Map


Levens is a village of approximately 1,008 people located on the edge of the Lyth Valley and Levens Moss and close to the Lake District National Park boundary. There are a range of facilities in the village including a convenience store, GP surgery, public house, village hall, two churches, primary school and playing field. The village is close to the A590 which is served by buses to Kendal, Milnthorpe, Ulverston and Grange-over-Sands. Limited bus services serve the village directly to Arnside and Kendal. The Bay Cycle way and Walney to Wear & Whitby cycle ways run through the village. 62 dwellings have been built in the village in the last 10 years, including development on the East of Greengate Crescent site allocation which is now complete.

Current Issues/Future Opportunities

Key issues for consideration is the village’s proximity to the Lake District National Park and the need to ensure the Park’s setting is not compromised by new development. Careful attention is also required in respect to potential flood risk in the village given the village’s location next to the Lyth Valley flood plain. Access into the village is via minor country roads particularly to the north. Local issues of concern to consider further include on-street parking and adequacy of foul sewerage and water supply. Plans are being developed for a new village hall. 

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

  • Development Boundary for Levens (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)
94. How do you see Levens changing by 2040? Do you think there will be a need for new homes in Levens 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 Levens 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.