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

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

These draft recommendations are not final. Stage three of the Community Governance Review (CGR) is a further consultation period, any comments or submissions made during this stage will be taken into account when we consider our final recommendations.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) must also approve any changes that would affect Kendal Town Council or any of the district wards. The LGBCE considered the electoral arrangements for all of the district wards and for Kendal Town Council, in the South Lakeland Further Electoral Review 2015 to 2017. The decision to accept any final recommendations (and if they're approved, when they might come into effect) will be made by the LGBCE, not us.

Making a comment or submission

Submissions

We've summarised some of the main points of the submissions we received in stage one. Full details can be found in the various submission documents, and we welcome comments on any of the points raised in them, not just the ones we've mentioned in our summaries.

Submissions from Kendal Town Council

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 have suggested that the Kendal Parish boundaries should follow the Development Plan boundaries.

Their proposals are:

  • 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

We didn't receive any comments from Burneside Parish Council during stage one of the review, however the submission from Kendal Town Council regarding the land north and west of High Sparrowmire would affect Burneside and we've made draft recommendations for this area.

Submissions from the Oxenholme Residents' Group

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

Submissions from Natland Parish Council

Submission from Natland Parish Council (PDF 130KB / 2 pages)

Natland Parish Council have submitted a number of suggestions 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

Submission from Helsington Parish Council

Submission from Helsington Parish Council (PDF 89KB / 1 page)

The Parish Council have suggested a boundary change, as they feel large areas of the current parish have little connection with Helsington and Brigsteer. These changes would also bring the Parish wholly within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park.

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

Their proposals include:

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

The parish councillors do not believe there would be any gaining in grouping with other parishes, and that a new parish with 150 to 200 electors and seven parish councillors centred on the settlement of Brigsteer is the most appropriate model.

Our draft recommendations for Kendal

Changes to Kendal Town Council

We've made a number of recommendations that would affect Kendal Town Council, however as explained above, any draft recommendations that go on to become final recommendations in stage four must also be approved by the LGBCE.

We're seeking views on our draft recommendations listed below. All of these changes have been recommended to ensure that community governance reflects the identities and interests of the communities in the area.

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

We're proposing 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 recommendation 1 and Burneside (PDF 2.0MB / 1 page)

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

We're proposing 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 recommendation 2 and Natland recommendation 1 (PDF 2.1MB / 1 page)

Kendal recommendation 3: Land at Rochester Gardens adjoining Oxenholme ward

We're proposing 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 recommendations 3 and 4 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Kendal recommendation 4: Land adjoining Oxenholme ward

We're proposing 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 recommendations 3 and 4, and Natland recommendation 2 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Kendal recommendation 5: Land adjoining Stonecross ward

We're proposing 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 recommendation 5 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Areas where we haven't recommended a change 

We'd like to seek views on the following parts of the submissions from Kendal Town Council, where we haven't made a draft recommendation:

Kendal response 1: Land north of Laurel Gardens

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, therefore we've decided not to make a draft recommendation to alter the boundary here.

Map of area for Kendal response 1 (PDF 2.0MB / 1 page)

Kendal response 2 : Gilthwaiterigg Lane

We've 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 haven't proposed any changes in this area.

Map of the area for Kendal response 2 (PDF 1.4MB / 1 page)

Kendal response 3: Boundary to follow the A591 near Brigsteer

We haven't proposed to move the boundary as it wouldn't affect any residential properties, therefore giving no benefit to community governance.

Map of the area for Kendal response 3 (PDF 2.0MB / 1 page)

Kendal response 4: Land at Appleby Road

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

Kendal response 5: Land at Kendal Fell Quarry

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 response 5 (PDF 1.6MB / 1 page)

A parish for 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.

Map of the proposed parish of Oxenholme (PDF 1.3MB / 1 page)

However we'd like to use 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. Suggestions could include a new parish or a new pattern of warding in the current parish. We welcome any views on this matter.

Proposed changes to Natland Parish Council

We're seeking views on a number of boundary changes to the parish of Natland. These recommendations are made to ensure community governance is reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area.

We acknowledge the comments made by Natland Parish Council and feel that making these recommendations allows for a fuller consultation in phase three of the Community Governance Review, giving us a better basis on which to make final recommendations.

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

We're proposing altering the parish boundary of Natland Parish Council so it excludes 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 shows the proposed new boundary between Kendal Town Council and Natland Parish Council.

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

Natland recommendation 2: Land at Rochester Gardens adjoining Oxenholme ward

We're proposing altering 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.

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

Natland recommendation 3: Land adjoining Oxenholme ward

We're proposing altering 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 3 and 2, and Kendal recommendations 3 and 4 (PDF 1.9MB / 1 page)

Recommendation for 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 recommendation 1 (PDF 2.0MB /1 page)

Our response to Helsington Parish Council's proposals

We haven't recommended the changes proposed by Helsington Parish Council, however we're open to further representations.

We're not inclined to make recommendations that would create a much smaller parish council. It's unclear what benefits this would bring and it would also require us making a complex set of proposals to the LGBCE.

Although we've not recommended the changes they've suggested, we're keen to hear more views in stage three and the following could be considered:

  • creating a new parish council
  • changing the boundaries of the existing parish council and, possibly, rename
  • changing the boundaries and abolishing the parish council, so it has a parish meeting instead
  • warding Helsington Parish Council to ensure those on the fringes have adequate representation 
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