South Lakeland Local Plan Review - Issues and Options Consultation 2021

Closes 29 Oct 2021

Theme 3: Thriving Market Towns, Villages and Rural Areas - Kirkby Lonsdale (Questions 62 to 70)

Please read the Kirkby Lonsdale chapter of the Issues and Options Report and then answer the questions below.

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62. Have we identified all the relevant strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for Kirkby Lonsdale?

Read the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats


  • historic town in scenic landscape setting, supporting a growing visitor economy and strong housing market 
  • a ‘gateway’ to two national parks
  • a successful range of independent shops and excellent food and drink offer
  • a good range and quality of local  services and facilities
  • good secondary and primary schools
  • current good supply of housing land with some land for additional employment
  • good access directly from A65
  • Booths supermarket and good weekly market – a market charter granted in 1227
  • near full employment, with history of home working
  • active community groups and an increasing number of popular events


  • public transport provision/connectivity
  • ageing demographic and continuing challenge to maintain local job and other opportunities for young people
  • extended boundary of Yorkshire Dales National Park may restrict some opportunities for growth
  • significant out-commuting to work in larger centres – a need to strengthen local employment opportunities further


  • potential for further investment in public realm, local recreation and promoting conservation and best use of historic properties 
  • some capacity for more events
  • extending superfast broadband
  • networks of management/ professional workspace
  • promoting opportunities and support for start-up businesses
  • more mixed use development and greater use of public assets


  • risk that new development does not enhance town’s distinctive character and identity 
  • above average proportion of second homes
  • ageing demographic and limited affordable housing mean that some younger people and families move elsewhere
  • possibly restricted directions for appropriate growth
  • risk of over reliance of local economy on retail and tourism pressure on infrastructure from planned expansion
63. 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 key features, constraints, opportunities and issues relating to the current and possible future development in Kirkby Lonsdale. It is a snapshot of Kirkby Lonsdale now, and includes sites currently allocated for development but not yet completed.

View Map of Kirkby Lonsdale

64. Which of these policy approaches for the good planning of Kirkby Lonsdale to 2040 do you support and why?

Policy Approaches 3.5: Principles and Initiatives for good planning in Kirkby Lonsdale to 2040

Read the policy approaches here

PA3.5/a: Some additional land for housing will support additional development in Kirkby Lonsdale to 2040. This will help meet housing (and affordable housing) need and build on the town’s strengths as a key service centre, serving the wider rural area. It will potentially also help support and widen the town’s offer in terms of community facilities, informal recreation, and local services and facilities including health care, education, and food and drink.

PA3.5/b: A review of land allocated for business and employment to meet needs for local businesses to grow and provide more local employment opportunities.

PA3.5/c: More emphasis on small scale development which is sensitively located and designed in a way which protects and enhances the town’s distinctive character and landscape setting.

PA3.5/d: A continuing emphasis on brownfield and ‘windfall’ opportunities for development within the built-up area, including within and on the edge of the town centre. This also includes the reuse of any underused sites and supporting housing development where it can support the vitality and viability of the town centre.

PA3.5/e: Support the development of opportunities for improving walking and cycling networks, linking key facilities, green spaces and new developments.

PA3.5/f: Support for public realm enhancements, particularly within the Conservation Area.

65. 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)
66. Have we identified the right open spaces that need protecting in Kirkby Lonsdale 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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67. How can we complete any gaps in the green infrastructure network and cycling and walking networks in Kirkby Lonsdale? 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).
68. If you feel a change to the current development boundary for Kirkby Lonsdale 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 Kirkby Lonsdale

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69. 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.

70. Which of these policy options for possible directions of growth for Kirkby Lonsdale do you support and why?

Policy Options 3.5: Potential Directions of Growth for Kirkby Lonsdale

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PO3.5/i: North of Kirkby Lonsdale, to the west and/or east of the B6584

PO3.5/ii: West of Kirkby Lonsdale

PO3.5/iii: South of Kirkby Lonsdale, south of the A65

So far there have been a number of 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.