WEST Cumbrian families desperate to build their own homes have launched a campaign for land at Flosh Meadows in Cleator Moor to be made available for development.
More than 30 people want the five-acre site to be included in the forthcoming Copeland Local Plan. Only two options are currently proposed for future housing in Cleator Moor – at Mill Hill and Birks Road – and campaigners argue they are too far out of town and will not aid its regeneration.
They have written to all Cleator Moor’s Copeland councillors and are lobbying the authority to consider Flosh Meadows as a site for new housing development.
Landowner Richard Mulholland has promised he will only sell to self-builders, allowing local people to build the home of their dreams at an affordable price.
All the campaigners say they are desperate to live in Cleator Moor because it is close to their families, local amenities and schools, and has good transport links. They want to build their own homes because they cannot afford the escalating house prices in West Cumbria, particularly on new estates in the area.
Like many of the families involved in the Flosh Meadows fight, Paul and Angela Hurst, are desperate to get back into Cleator Moor to be close to their family.
They currently live in Whitehaven with their three children.
Paul said: “The rural setting [at Flosh Meadows] is so beautiful. The bus stop is on the corner and the schools are close by.
“Cleator Moor has been getting run down for a number of years and it can only help the town by bringing people into the area.
“We want to come back here to live but the house prices are so extortionate the only option is to build your own.”
There are already five self-build properties on Flosh Meadows.
Campaigners say they would employ local labour and builders, boosting the local economy.
Copeland councillor Tony Wells (regrettably Tony has now passed away) is backing the campaign, saying the site is by far the best option for a housing development in the town.
“If these young people win their battle they will be living and shopping and spending their money in Cleator Moor. That is what we have been fighting for for years.”
Bern Hellier, Copeland council’s head of economic development and local plans, said he was aware of the strong lobby for Flosh Meadows and that would be taken into account when the council considers changes to the draft local plan.
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Fight to build dream houses
Published at 01:00, Wednesday, 19 May 2004
By Andrea Thompson