South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Grange-over-Sands (Questions 42 to 51)

Please read the Grange-over-Sands chapter of the Issues and Options Report and then answer the questions below.

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42. Have we identified all the relevant strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for Grange-over-Sands?

Read the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Strengths

  • attractive Victorian/Edwardian coastal resort town, with a distinctive architectural heritage, in a sheltered, scenic setting with good views over Morecambe Bay 
  • a significant proportion of the town is within a Conservation Area
  • a good range of services and facilities, also serving the Cartmel Peninsula 
  • a good supply of housing sites in the current Local Plan, and strong local housing market also providing a proportion of affordable housing
  • near full employment
  • rail links to Barrow, Lancaster and Manchester airport
  • a high quality range of parks and gardens with good links to the promenade and the wider network of footpaths and cycle routes

Weaknesses

  • age profile: a quarter of all households in Grange-over-Sands are one-person pensioner households
  • a limited supply of sites for business development
  • increasing cost of housing and need for more affordable and low cost market housing 
  • the Neighbourhood Plan describes bus and rail services as ‘barely adequate’
  • a need for investment in built heritage and public realm, including the Lido and Promenade
  • current lack of a filling station
  • limited leisure activities

Opportunities

  • new housing development provides opportunity for more affordable housing and extra care housing 
  • potential for investment in public realm and built heritage through regeneration of Lido and Promenade
  • more promotion of visitor and local business economy

Threats

  • risk that new development does not enhance town’s distinctive character and identity
  • limited investment in social services, physical infrastructure and utilities
43. Have we identified the correct features or issues on the map? Are there additional features or issues that should be included?

The map below includes a number of features, constraints, opportunities and issues relating to the current and possible future development of Grange-over-Sands. It is a snapshot of Grange at present, and includes sites currently allocated for development but not yet completed.

View Map of Grange-over-Sands

44. Which of these policy approaches for the good planning of Grange-over-Sands to 2040 do you support and why?

Policy Approaches 3.3: Principles and Initiatives for good planning in Grange-over-Sands to 2040

Read the policy approaches here

PA3.3/a: Provide for some additional development to 2040 to meet local needs and which builds on the town’s strengths as a key service centre serving the Cartmel Peninsula: and which also helps support and widen the town’s offer in terms of community facilities, informal recreation for residents and visitors, and local services including health care, education, shopping, cultural experiences, food, drink and entertainmen

PA3.3/b: A focus on some additional land for local business and employment needs and opportunities.

PA3.3/c: An emphasis on smaller scale development which is sensitively located and designed in a way which protects and enhances the town’s environmental assets, distinctive character and landscape. 

PA3.3/d: A greater emphasis on brownfield and other windfall opportunities within the existing built up area, including within and on the edge of the town centre – including reusing underused sites and supporting housing development where it can support the vitality and viability of the town centre.

PA3.3/e: Support the development of integrated walking and cycling networks, linking key facilities, green spaces and new developments, in order to make the town ‘friendly’ for walkers and cyclists.

PA3.3/f: Support for public realm enhancements including the regeneration of the Lido, Promenade and town centre.

45. What do you think the role of the town centre should be and how should its role develop in response to trends and challenges such as on-line retailing? For example, if there are less shops in future, should housing and other non-retail uses such as leisure, food and drink be encouraged? (See section 4.6.6 of the Issues and Options Report)
46. Have we identified the right open spaces that need protecting in Grange-over-Sands on the Policies Map (link below)?

If you feel there are other open spaces which need protection and are not included, or open spaces that merit designation as Local Green Spaces, please indicate on a map what these changes should be (using the file upload facility below).

File Upload: Map of potential changes to current open spaces

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47. How can we complete any gaps in the green infrastructure network and cycling and walking networks in Grange-over-Sands? Please suggest potential links between green spaces and also within cycling and walking networks (See section 4.4.5 of the Issues and Options Report).
48. If you feel a change to the current development boundary for Grange-over-Sands is needed (see section 4.2.4 of the Issues and Options Report), please indicate on a map what these changes should be (using the file upload facility below).

File Upload: Map of potential changes to current development boundary for Grange-over-Sands

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49. If you feel changes to the current green gap between Allithwaite and Kents Bank are needed (see section 4.2.5 of the Issues and Options Report), please indicate on a map what these changes should be (using the file upload facility below).

File Upload: Map of potential changes to current green gap between Allithwaite and Kents Bank

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50. Have we correctly identified the services and facilities in the Settlement Services and Accessibility Assessment document? (See section 4.2.2 of the Issues and Options Report).

Read the Settlement Services and Accessibility Assessment here

51. We are not suggesting particular ‘directions of future growth’ in Grange for comment, but welcome any suggestions you may have – please use a map if necessary (using the file upload facility below).

File Upload: Map of suggested directions of growth

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So far there have been a few sites 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 in Theme 2 of the Issues and Options Report and questions 20 and 21.