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Submissions and recommendations for Kendal, Burneside, Oxenholme, Helsington and Natland

We've dealt with the parishes of Burneside, Helsington, Kendal and Natland separately because many of their submissions and recommendations affect each other.

Stage one of the review was a consultation period, where we invited local residents, parish councils, community groups and other interested groups to make a comment or submission. We considered the submissions and published our draft recommendations in stage two. We held another consultation period during stage three. We considered the submissions in stage four and have now published our final recommendations, which will need to be approved before full council on 23 July 2019. The meeting agenda, community governance review report and meeting minutes will appear as and when they are published.

Once there are some final recommendations approved by full council, we will draw up the Reorganisation of Community Governance Orders. This is due to happen in August 2019.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) must approve any final recommendation that would affect Kendal Town Council or any of the District Council ward boundaries. This is because they looked at the electoral arrangements for these areas within the last five years, in the 2017 South Lakeland Further Electoral Review. The decision to accept our final recommendations (and if they’re approved, when they will come into effect) will be made by the LGBCE, not us. 

Our final recommendations and comments (stage four)

Submissions received during stage three

Our draft recommendations stage two

Submissions received during stage one

 

Our final recommendations and comments (stage four)

Kendal Town Council

Kendal final recommendation: Land at Rochester Gardens adjoining Oxenholme (draft recommendation 3) and Land adjoining Oxenholme (draft recommendation 4)

Based on consultation responses, our final recommendation is that the boundary of Kendal Town Council should be altered to include the residential development Rochester Gardens, and land adjacent to the Oxenholme Ward of Kendal Town Council, currently in Natland Parish Council.

Map of the final recommendation for Kendal and Natland (PDF 148KB / 1 page)

This new boundary will come into force at the next ordinary election of Kendal Town Council and Natland Parish Council, in May 2022. There are no proposals to change the number of Councillors representing either the Oxenholme ward of Kendal Town Council or Natland Parish Council.

This recommendation involves altering the boundary of Kendal Town Council. The electoral arrangements of Kendal Town Council were considered and altered during the further electoral review conducted by the LGBCE in 2017. The changes made by that review are protected for five years, which means that to enable this change we must submit our final recommendations to the LGBCE and they must grant consent. If they do not grant consent then no order will be made.

We're not proposing any other changes for Kendal Town Council. We did make other draft recommendations and received consultation responses. The decisions on those draft recommendations made are:

Kendal stage four comment 1: Land north of Strickland ward (draft recommendation 1)
This draft recommendation is not being taken forward. Whilst relatively few responses were received, none of them supported the draft recommendations. A petition was also received about the land in this area although it didn't contain comments for the purposes of the community governance review. It did support the argument that this change wouldn't be in the interests of the local community.

Kendal stage four comment 2: Land adjoining Stonecross, Heron Hill and Oxenholme wards (draft recommendation 2)
This draft recommendation is not being taken forward. We wrote to properties in the area concerned, and all responses received were opposed to it. Therefore there is no evidence that the draft recommendation would reflect the the identities and/or interests of the communities in this area.

Kendal stage four comment 3: Land adjoining Stonecross ward (draft recommendation 5)
This draft recommendation is not being taken forward. There were no responses to the proposal in stage three and we therefore believe that there's no evidence to suggest that it would reflect the interests and/or communities in the area.  

A parish council for Oxenholme

No final recommendation has been made to create a new parish council in Oxenholme.

We acknowledge the interest in exploring this idea, and wrote to all households in the village of Oxenholme as part of the consultation. A relatively low number of responses were received, showing a mixture of support and opposition. Oxenholme currently does have separate representation on Kendal Town Council as part of the Oxenholme ward, and the view was taken that the consultation responses didn't make it clear enough whether a parish council for Oxenholme would reflect the identities and interests of the communities in the area any better than the current arrangement.

Burneside Parish Council

This draft recommendation is not being taken forward. There were no comments in support of the proposals in stage three, and there was significant opposition to the proposals from local residents and Burneside Parish Council. The decision not to make a final recommendation has been made to ensure that the parish boundary reflects the identities and interests of the communities in the area.

Natland Parish Council

Natland final recommendation: Land at Rochester Gardens adjoining Oxenholme ward (draft recommendation 2) and land adjoining Oxenholme ward (draft recommendation 3)

Based on consultation responses, the final recommendation is to alter the boundary of Natland Parish Council to exclude the residential development Rochester Gardens, and land adjacent to the Oxenholme Ward of Kendal Town Council.

Map of the final recommendation for Kendal and Natland (PDF 148KB / 1 page)

This new boundary will come into force at the next ordinary election of Natland Parish Council, in May 2022. There are no proposals to change the number of councillors representing Natland Parish Council.

This recommendation requires the alteration of the boundary of Kendal Town Council. The electoral arrangements of Kendal Town Council were considered and altered during the further electoral review conducted by the LGBCE in 2017. The changes made by that review are protected for five years, which means that to enable this change we must submit our final recommendations to the LGBCE and they must grant consent. If they do not grant consent then no order will be made.

Natland stage four comment: Land adjoining Stonecross, Heron Hill and Oxenholme wards (draft recommendation 1)

No other final recommendations have been made relating to Natland Parish Council. The draft recommendation about the land adjoining Stonecross, Heron Hill and Oxenholme wards is not being taken forward. We wrote to properties in the area concerned and all the responses we received were opposed to the proposal. Based on these responses there's no evidence that that this change would reflect the identities and interests of the communities in this area.

Helsington Parish Council

The proposals put forward by Helsington Parish Council are not being recommended, for the following reasons:

  • the comments we received were a mixture of those in favour and those opposed. There was not enough consensus of opinion that would allow a recommendation to be made
  • it would require changes to Natland Parish Council, which include turning it into a warded parish. The changes would mean that Natland is spread over two district wards, rather than being within one ward as it is now. Alternatively, the LGBCE could change the district ward boundary (to keep Natland within one district ward), however it's unlikely that they'd allow this because they considered the ward boundaries during the Further Electoral Review in 2017, and the boundaries remain protected for five years after the review

It isn't clear enough that the proposals from Helsington Parish Council would best reflect the identities and interests of the communities in that area. The changes could also have a negative impact on the effectiveness and convenience of community governance, in both Helsington and neighbouring parishes. 

Submissions received during stage three

Stage three of the review ended on 26 May and we received submissions from local residents, parish councils and local community groups on our draft recommendations. We've summarised the main points from these submissions further down this page, but the full details can be found in the documents below.

Most comments were made through an online portal called Citizen Space, and we've grouped them together by geographical area:

Submissions regarding Burneside and Kendal (PDF 124KB / 3 pages)

Submissions regarding Natland and Kendal (PDF 157KB / 7 pages)

Submissions regarding Oxenholme and Kendal (PDF 141 / 5 pages)

Submissions regarding Helsington (PDF 150KB / 3 pages)

Kendal Town Council and Burneside Parish Council

Summary of responses to Kendal draft recommendation 1: Land north of Strickland ward and the Burneside draft recommendation

There were six responses to this draft recommendation, zero in support and six in objection. The people who responded felt that:

  • the recommended boundary change should impinge on the Green Gap between Kendal and Burneside
  • the views of local residents must be sought before changes such as this are considered
  • that the recommendation is based solely on the desires on Kendal Town Council, rather than local residents
  • that there would be a loss of revenue for Burneside Parish Council and its residents

Kendal Town Council and the proposal for a new parish of Oxenholme

Summary of responses to the proposal for a new parish of Oxenholme

There were thirteen responses to this proposal, seven in support and six in objection:

In support

  • the formation of the Oxenholme Village Residents Group and the willing participation of residents on the committee, show that the creation of a new parish council is a viable proposal
  • some of the residents of Oxenholme feel that they aren't well represented by Kendal Town Council, South Lakeland District Council or Cumbria County Council. The creation of a formal parish council would give residents a greater voice and improve this situation
  • local issues in the local area would be better addressed if formal parish status was granted
  • Oxenholme has its own identity and already feels separate from the town of Kendal

In objection

  • there's no central hub (e.g. a village or church hall) for the proposed parish council to operate from
  • the village is too small to be able to operate successfully as a parish council
  • there hasn't been enough information or consultation about the proposal

If a new parish of Oxenholme isn't a viable option, the Oxenholme Village Residents' Group have made an alternative proposal to join Natland Parish Council. However, while Natland Parish Council support the idea of a new parish council for Oxenholme, they don't support the idea of Oxenholme and Natland merging to become one parish.

Kendal Town Council and Natland Parish Council

Summary of responses to Kendal draft recommendation 2 and Natland draft recommendation 1: Land adjoining Stonecross, Heron Hill and Oxenholme wards

There were eighteen responses to this draft recommendation, zero in support and eighteen in objection:

  • many of those commented are very satisfied with Natland Parish Council and want to stay a part of the parish. They identify with the village of Natland and its community, and are regular users of local facilities such as the school, church, post office etc. 
  • some commenters argued that the current parish boundary of Natland Mill Beck Lane is a natural and historic barrier between the parishes of Natland and Kendal
  • it is felt that there is no reason and/or logic behind the recommendation, other than to realign the parish boundary with Kendal's Development Plan boundary
  • for some, being a part of Natland was an important factor when moving to ‘The Beeches’ housing development

Summary of responses to Kendal draft recommendations 3 and 4, and Natland draft recommendations 2 and 3: Land at Rochester Gardens adjoining Oxenholme ward and land adjoining Oxenholme ward

Natland Parish Council submitted the only response to these recommendations, and were in support of them. This boundary change was originally proposed by Kendal Town Council, so there is support for the recommendations from both interested parties.

Helsington Parish Council

We received four responses to Helsington Parish Council's proposal, two in support and two in objection.

The stage three proposal from Helsington Parish Council is a repeat of the one they submitted in stage one, with further detail provided about how it meets the criteria. There was a separate comment from a local resident in support of the proposal.

The issue lies with the area of land east of the Lake District National Park Boundary. Natland Parish Council do not support incorporating it within their parish, and a resident in this area is strenuously against the proposal. The proposal would also fall foul of LGBCE regulations, as the changes would split Natland Parish Council over two separate district wards.

Our draft recommendations and comments (stage two)

Kendal Town Council

Kendal draft recommendation 1: Land north of Strickland ward (Hallgarth)

We proposed an alteration to the parish boundary of Kendal Town Council to include properties on an area of land north of High Sparrowmire. This would form part of the Strickland ward of the parish of Kendal.

Map of the area for Kendal draft recommendation 1 and Burneside (PDF 2.0MB / 1 page)

Kendal draft recommendation 2: Land adjoining Stonecross, Heron Hill and Oxenholme wards

We proposed an alteration to the parish boundary of Kendal Town Council to include properties on Natland Mill Beck Lane and The Beeches, and to include a small area of land at Watercrook. This would form part of the Stonecross ward of the parish of Kendal.

Map of the area for Kendal draft recommendation 2 and Natland draft recommendation 1 (PDF 2.1MB / 1 page)

Kendal draft recommendation 3: Land at Rochester Gardens adjoining Oxenholme ward

We proposed an alteration to the parish boundary of Kendal Town Council to include the properties on Rochester Gardens that are currently in Natland Parish. All properties on Rochester Gardens would form part of the Oxenholme ward of the Parish of Kendal.

Map of the area for Kendal draft recommendations 3 and 4 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Kendal draft recommendation 4: Land adjoining Oxenholme ward

We proposed an alteration to the parish boundary of Kendal Town Council to include properties on an area of land south of Oxenholme off Burton Road (A65). This would form part of the Oxenholme ward of the parish of Kendal. It will also affect one property, Overdale, which will move from Natland Parish Council into the Oxenholme ward of Kendal Town Council.

Map of the area for Kendal draft recommendations 3 and 4, and Natland recommendation 2 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Kendal draft recommendation 5: Land adjoining Stonecross ward

We proposed an alteration to the parish boundary of Kendal Town Council to include properties on an area of land south of Kendal at Scroggs Wood. The map below shows the proposed new boundary between Kendal Town Council and Helsington Parish Council.

Map of the area for Kendal draft recommendation 5 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Kendal stage two comment 1: Land north of Laurel Gardens (no recommendation made)

This is a small triangle of land, which would initially have been used for access. There's currently no evidence that any building will take place in this parcel of land, we therefore decided not to make a draft recommendation to alter the boundary.

Map of area for Kendal stage two comment 1 (PDF 2.0MB / 1 page)

Kendal stage two comment 2: Gilthwaiterigg Lane (no recommendation made)

We investigated the anomaly on Gilthwaiterigg Lane and according to our records, there are no residential properties on the other side of the boundary from their immediate neighbours in the parish of Kendal. For this reason, we didn't propose any changes in this area.

Map of the area for Kendal stage two comment 2 (PDF 1.4MB / 1 page)

Kendal stage two comment 3: Boundary to follow the A591 near Brigsteer (no recommendation made)

We didn't propose to move the boundary as it wouldn't have affected any residential properties, offering no benefit to community governance.

Map of the area for Kendal stage two comment 3 (PDF 2.0MB / 1 page)

Kendal stage two comment 4: Land at Appleby Road (no recommendation made)

At the time of writing, there was no indication that this site will be brought forward for development in the near future. We therefore didn't propose any changes to this area.

Kendal stage two comment 5: Land at Kendal Fell Quarry (no recommendation made)

We haven't recommended changes to this area, as there's currently no indication that this site will be brought forward for development in the near future.

Map of the area for Kendal stage two comment 5 (PDF 1.6MB / 1 page)

Kendal stage two comment 6: Proposed separate parish of Oxenholme

We didn't feel the submissions we received in stage one provided enough evidence for us to make a draft recommendation to create a new civil parish of Oxenholme. Creating a new parish, on boundaries recently reviewed and altered by the LGBCE would create a greater degree of complexity and it would significantly affect electoral equality within the wards of Kendal Town Council. We weren't inclined to make recommendations that would create a much smaller parish council, as it was unclear what benefits this would bring and it would also require us making a complex set of proposals to the LGBCE. Although we didn't recommend the changes proposed by Helsington Parish Council. However, we used stage three of the review to explore community governance in Oxenholme, in terms of the identities and interests of the community and whether local government there is effective.

Burneside Parish Council

Kendal recommendation 1, land north for Strickland ward (Hallgarth), would affect Burneside, as the area of land north of High Sparrowmire would move from Burneside into the Strickland ward of Kendal Town Council.

Map of the area for Burneside and Kendal draft recommendation 1 (PDF 2.0MB /1 page)

Natland Parish Council

Natland draft recommendation 1: Land adjoining Stonecross, Heron Hill and Oxenholme wards

We proposed to alter the parish boundary of Natland Parish Council to exclude properties on Natland Mill Beck Lane and The Beeches and small area of land near Watercrook. This would form part of the Stonecross ward of the parish of Kendal. The map below shows the proposed new boundary between Kendal Town Council and Natland Parish Council.

Map of area for Natland draft recommendation 1 and Kendal draft recommendation 2 (PDF 2.0MB / 1 page)

Natland draft recommendation 2: Land at Rochester Gardens adjoining Oxenholme ward

We proposed to alter the parish boundary of Natland Parish Council to exclude the properties on Rochester Gardens that are currently in Natland Parish. All properties on Rochester Gardens would form part of the Oxenholme ward of the Parish of Kendal. The map below shows the proposed new boundary between Kendal Town Council and Natland Parish Council.

Natland draft recommendation 3: Land adjoining Oxenholme ward

We proposed to alter the parish boundary of Natland Parish Council to exclude properties on an area of land south of Oxenholme off Burton Road (A65). This would form part of the Oxenholme ward of the parish of Kendal. It will also affect one property, Overdale, which will move from Natland Parish Council into the Oxenholme ward of Kendal Town Council. The map below shows the proposed new boundary between Kendal Town Council and Natland Parish Council.

Map of the area for Natland recommendations 2 and 3, and Kendal recommendations 3 and 4 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Helsington Parish Council

We weren't inclined to make recommendations that would create a much smaller parish council, as it was unclear what benefits this would bring and it would also require us making a complex set of proposals to the LGBCE. Although we didn't recommend the changes proposed by Helsington Parish Council, we were open to hear more views in stage three.

Submissions received during stage one 

Kendal Town Council

Stage one submission from Kendal Town Council (PDF 172KB / 3 pages)

Kendal Town Council have a Development Plan and some of the Plan boundaries cross into parishes outside Kendal. The Town Council suggested that the Kendal Parish boundaries should follow the Development Plan boundaries.

Their proposals were:

  • to align the Kendal Parish boundary with the development plan boundary west and north of High Sparrowmire
  • to align the Kendal Parish boundary with the development plan boundary north of Laurel Gardens
  • to address an anomaly where the boundary appears to split neighbouring properties on Gilthwaiterigg Lane
  • to include possible development land at Appleby Road into Kendal Parish
  • to align the Kendal Parish boundary with the development plan boundary south of Natland Mill Beck Lane
  • to align the Kendal Parish boundary with the development plan boundary at Scroggs Wood
  • to move the Kendal Parish boundary to follow the A591 at Brigsteer
  • to include possible development land at Kendal Fell quarry into Kendal Parish
  • to align the Kendal Parish Boundary with the development plan boundary at Rochester Gardens and Burton Road, Oxenholme

Natland Parish Council

Stage one submission from Natland Parish Council (PDF 130KB / 2 pages)

Natland Parish Council submitted a number of comments about the land south of Natland Mill Beck and the land south of Oxenholme:

  • properties south of Natland Mill Beck Lane should remain in the parish of Natland, because of the separation of the new properties from the current Kendal boundary by a number of older properties with links to the Natland community. Their view is that they can provide effective local governance to these electors
  • that they support the potential creation of a new parish council in Oxenholme, and suggested that the properties and development land at Rochester Road and Burton Road (A65) should move out of Natland Parish and into the new Oxenholme Parish, as they feel the area may be better served by Oxenholme, rather than Kendal or Natland
  • that the properties and development land at Rochester Gardens and Burton Road (A65) should move to the potential parish council for Oxenholme as they feel the residents in this area would be better served by Oxenholme, rather than Kendal or Natland. However, they have stated the parish boundaries around this area should be drawn tightly around the new housing and should not include any long-standing dwellings in Natland.

Oxenholme Village Residents' Group

Stage one submission from Oxenholme Village Residents' Group (PDF 88KB / 3 pages)

Map of the proposed parish of Oxenholme (PDF 1.4MB / 1 page)

The Oxenholme Village Residents' Group proposed that Oxenholme should be a new parish with its own parish council. The boundaries of the proposed parish didn't include any properties west of the railway line, which currently lie in the Oxenholme ward of Kendal Town Council.

Natland Parish Council's stage one submission supported the potential creation of a new parish council in Oxenholme, and suggested that the properties and development land at Rochester Road and Burton Road (A65) should move out of Natland Parish and into the new Oxenholme Parish, as they feel the area may be better served by Oxenholme, rather than Kendal or Natland.

Helsington Parish Council

Stage one submission from Helsington Parish Council (PDF 89KB / 1 page)

Map of the proposed changes to Helsington Parish Council (PDF 1.5MB / 1 page)

The Parish Council suggested a boundary change, as they feel large areas of the current parish have little connection with Helsington and Brigsteer. If the changes were made, they would have have brought the parish wholly within the Lake District National Park. The Parish Council believe a new parish with 150 to 200 electors and seven parish councillors, centred on the settlement of Brigsteer, to be the most appropriate model.

Their proposals included:

  • the creation of a new parish, concentrated around Brigsteer Village and Whetstone Lane in Helsington
  • a reallocation of the area to the east of the A591 to Natland or Kendal, as the area has more in common with these parishes
  • the inclusion of the properties on the Moss (eg Low Plains Farm) and Barrowfield, (currently part of Underbarrow) in the new parish. The Parish Council suggested Third Moss Lane as the boundary for this area
  • the reallocation of Low Sizergh to Sedgwick or Levens parish, as it is east of the A591
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