Final Design for Flosh Meadows Self Build Serviced Plots

We are proud to show our Landscape Architect designed serviced, self build site at Flosh Meadows, Cleator, Cumbria being only a short walk to the world renowned Lake District  UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Working closely with our landscape architect we have shown in our planning application of 25 June 2018 only nine large plots identified by letters A-I at the north of our land and have designed the wider site with circular exercise walking routes connecting different parts of the site to support community integration while providing wildlife corridors to help all local biodiversity needs.

This final full site design shows prospective purchasers how the site will grow into a well-integrated attractive housing community offering no unknown future layout problems. The plots have a variety of sizes and will be released in a controlled staged procedure.

We are presently in the process of arranging quotes from local contractors for the infrastructure work (road/sewers/drains/utilities etc) for the 1st most southern phase of the development.

We are hopeful that if we can employ local contractors our development will assist our wonderful, friendly village, albeit considered possibly the 2nd most deprived in Copeland by employing local persons and suppliers of a wide variety of materials and many service providers.  Quote, Cumbria Intelligence Observatory: “Based on the evidence presented, the most deprived areas of Copeland are Sandwith/Mirehouse wards and either Harbour ward or Cleator Moor South ward.”

We also wish to work with Cleator Moor Town Council, the Chamber of Trade, St Leonard’s church and St Mary’s church to determine how we can collectively regenerate and improve our deprived area.

 Our regeneration model of offering persons the ability to build their own family home will encourage both affordable home ownership and assist in the regeneration of Cleator village. We will contact the five Cleator Moor South Councillors who have particular responsibility for the village to discuss their present plans. If the Councillors agree we will show on our website all regeneration procedures presently in place by them to lift our village out of its ‘deprived status’.

We are as always happy to answer any question about this final application and the site in total. ( information to be supplied to neighbours & others)

Could you Project Manage your Self Build Home

This marvelous article can be found in the Home Building & Renovating magazine by the equally marvelous Mark Brinkley who is the author of the acclaimed “House Builders Bible” being required reading for potential self builders. By Mark Brinkley on 25 January 2018
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From managing the neighbours to clearing up the site ready for the next subcontractor, Mark Brinkley explains what you need to know if you decide to project manage your self build

Self building does not necessarily mean constructing your home single-handedly, brick by brick — although some aficionados wouldn’t dream of doing anything else. In reality, you are going to need some help to either run the site on your behalf or assist you in your elected commanding role.

Lots of self builders choose to project manage themselves, often without realising just how much work is involved. If you decide to project manage your build, you are committing to a lot of work, stress and daily site visits for at least a year — but as you can save around 20% on your build cost doing so (as you’re taking on the role of the main contractor and keeping his 10- 20% added cost), it’s an appealing option.

Are You Prepared to Get Stuck In?

As project manager, you’ll be responsible for hiring subcontractors. However, one of the weaknesses of hiring trades to undertake the bulk of a building job is that there are many actions required that don’t fit easily into the standard subcontractor job descriptions. Tasks such as keeping the site tidy, stacking and storing materials, site security, taking in deliveries and temporary weatherproofing all fall on the project manager.

Anything that you’ve overlooked is unlikely to get done by anyone except you, so you rapidly find yourself building up a tool box of shovels, wheelbarrows, ladders and portable screwdrivers to fix those little in-between jobs to get the site ready for the next set of subcontractors.

It is here that the role of project manager gets conflated with that of being a site janitor, sometimes referred to as ‘management with a broom’. Be aware that running a building site requires lots of hours spent on site. If you can’t be there, then make sure that there is someone covering for you.

Do You Have Professional Friends to Call On?

Unless you are a very experienced builder, you would do well to have some support from someone who is. However much you can glean from books and articles, there are still aspects of the trade that you cannot know about until you get your hands dirty on site. If you do decide to go ahead without professional support, then prepare for it to take a lot longer, as you are likely to make a number of sub-optimal decisions that will add to costs and time taken.

The obvious person to have as a professional friend is the architect who designed the project. However, many architects are somewhat reluctant to fulfil this role – some like to just draw the plans – and the ones that do will make a significant charge.

Another route would be to have someone fulfilling the role of site foreman, someone who is very experienced in the trade who can spot the pitfalls before they happen and can also be around to lend a hand on the many in-between jobs. Again there is a cost, but often many things simply can’t be done by one person so you need to be realistic about this.

Are You Confident in Buying Materials?

Be aware that many subcontractors work on a labour-only basis and expect you to have purchased all the materials they need and for them to be ready on site at the scheduled hour. This is especially true of two of the critical trades — bricklayers and carpenters. You need to know both the quantities needed and to have an idea of what price you should be paying.

If you haven’t a clue, then this would be a useful moment to hire the services of a quantity surveyor who would create a bill of quantities with indicative prices. Also avail yourself of the local merchants and introduce them to the job you are undertaking. Organise credit facilities with several of them so that you can order without having to use a credit card every time you make a purchase.

Will You Be Able to Keep Track?

It is important to keep on top of the money side of things. If you choose to project manage the build and you are working to a budget – you should be – then keep expenses on a spreadsheet, broken down into the relevant cost centres to see how your job is doing against budget. Another very useful idea is to keep a diary of what happens when, who was on site and any unusual events that might later be of significance.

You also need to keep all paperwork in order to claim VAT back if it’s a new build or a conversion that qualifies for reduced or zero-rated VAT. The VAT rules are complex but potentially very beneficial to organised self-builders so you should familiarise yourself with relevant VAT notices and guidance. You need to keep all the original receipts to make a DIY reclaim, so you must organise your filing.

Are You Organised?

Running a good to-do list is key to every successful project. Some miraculous people do this entirely in their heads, but most of us need to write it down in order not to overlook items. The to-do list needs to be updated frequently, and also to be acted on.

For instance, it is all very well noting down the date the bricklayers plan to start, but you have to keep the bricklayers in the loop by ringing them every so often and letting them know how your schedule looks. Communication with suppliers and subcontractors is vital.

Start a new worksheet every couple of weeks and copy the previous list onto it before editing it to reflect the changes that have taken place in the meantime. Writing the list down adds discipline to the whole process. The list itself is divided between immediate tasks and longer term goals, which include a schedule of works that may be many months ahead.

Can You Manage the Neighbours?

It is well worth taking time out to chat to neighbours and explain what you are doing and when you plan to do it. They tend to be far more amenable if you can give them confidence that you are managing the process properly so that it will be as quick and painless as possible.

Sometimes a contentious planning application can sour the relationship before you even start on site and nothing you can do will make this better. But most people are realistic and understand that once planning permission has been granted, the building will take place and it’s actually also in their interest to get it done amicably.

Depending on how near your neighbours are, you may have to parlay with the Party Wall Act, for instance, which sets out ground rules for the responsibilities on both sides of the fence, and puts forward a mechanism for resolving disputes accordingly.

Do You Have a Handle on the Budget?

Have a realistic budget. Decide early on what sort of finish you are going for: the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive is staggering and while we might all want the best, realistically we have to make a lot of sacrifices if we want to stay on a reasonable budget.

The budget must also include a realistic contingency sum at the outset, probably around 15% of your overall budget. A contingency sum may well be spent before the project has even got out of the ground, as this is an area where unpredictable extras are commonplace.

After this stage, the contingency is more manageable and, in general, the better managed the project is, the less likely the contingency sum is going to get used up on unexpected costs.

In such cases, you will almost certainly spend it by upping the specification of the finishes, something that is all too easy to do. Look at it as a reward for spending all that time managing the project.

Can you handle it?

Only if the answer to all of the following questions is yes, should you consider it:

  • Are you able to spend time on site almost every day?
  • Do you feel confident at the thought of hiring, firing and negotiating deals?
  • Are you an expert at organising?
  • Will you dedicate time to researching products, trades, prices and materials?

Family Plots application November 2017

Dear Neighbour

Subject: Application for planning permission at Flosh Meadows, Cleator

I attach an illustrative drawing which will be submitted to Copeland Borough Council planning department, as part of a new application.

We continue to receive requests for self build plots at Flosh Meadows, especially from local families.

The application land is substantially hidden from view from Jacktrees Rd and St Mary’s Grotto due to the site lower ground levels and existing substantial & to be improved hedges with new planting.

We are formally meeting and requesting support from Cleator Moor Town Council & St Mary’s church for this self build for local families application.

(we have used the following description on our earlier letter to you, we are leaving it in as it is still relevant)

We appreciate that most people we are informing of our plans, have in the past built their own homes close to Flosh Meadows and will understandably have considerable sympathy and support for others wishing to do the same. Additionally, we are continuing to add local builders and suppliers to our list which we will make available to plot purchasers. Flosh Meadows development will bring work and revenue into our locality benefitting our community, local businesses and churches etc.

We are in continual discussion with the Homes & Community Agency (HCA) who with the Self Build Portal and their still developing ‘Toolkit for Local Authorities planning departments’ are encouraging more house building and in our case ‘more self & custom build serviced plots’.

The above mentioned ‘Toolkit etc’ recommends amongst many other matters the use of ‘plot passports’ which gives advice on design and materials for self build.

Flosh Meadows ‘Top Meadow plots’ area was designed to reduce any overlooking of existing properties and especially the cemetery & grotto including a 10m “No Build” zone from the cemetery boundary for such as garden sheds and similar and will always exceed the separation distances from existing homes required by Copeland Borough Council. Top Meadow plot & home owners will also be expected to reduce all noise when the Grotto is being used for special occasions.

Indeed, all new family homes at Flosh Meadows, including Top Meadow are further away from the cemetery grounds than other homes and busy hotel car park that have been in place for a considerable number of years.

We would be happy to discuss our plans with you; please contact us by any means suitable to you.

Yours
Richard & Betty Mulholland

 

 

Planning Application Top Meadows 2017

The Lake District National Park, World Heritage Site

Additional land has been granted for our self build plots at Flosh Meadows which is just over 1 mile (2 km) to the Lake District National Park World Heritage site.

We had a long detailed meeting with St Mary’s Parish Priest and a Pastoral Council member to explain & discuss our planning application before it was considered by Copeland planning panel.

We hand delivered our planning details to all properties & businesses close to the site and told them we would be happy to answer any questions.

The planning panel visited both the cemetery and our site before granting permission.

Our self build homes will be further away from the cemetery and grotto than some of the existing twenty plus years old homes at the busy Grove Court Hotel or Cross Grove; however we were assured that the existing homes and busy hotel including its very busy car park have not caused any disturbance to the cemetery or grotto.

Click to view our planning application illustrative drawing with Google Earth extract to more clearly see where existing houses are and our proposed homes will be located.

UK self-builders are enjoying more space for less budget

UK self-builders are enjoying more space for less budget

By Warren Lewis 16th October 2017

Property

UK self-builders are enjoying more space for less budget

Brits who self-build are doubling the size of their homes while paying up to a quarter (27%) less than the price of an existing house or new build, the latest figures show.

The Self & Custom Build Market Report reveals that those who roll up their sleeves and erect their own house enjoy significantly more space and comfort of approximately 247m2 versus England’s average of 94m2.

In addition, the same survey, conducted by Homebuilding & Renovating, reinforces the financial benefits of opting for this route, as the significant savings self-builders can achieve through development gains, lower production costs and an element of positive house price inflation are approximately 25 per cent, with the average finished house value being £717,071.

When examining how self builds compare against the average size of homes in the current market, the North East stands out as having the largest dimensions of 373m2, followed by Northern Ireland. Expectedly, London has the smallest average at just 191m2. Based on their UK location, the size is two or even three times bigger than the current or newly built properties.

According to Jason Orme, spokesperson for The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, “Self-builders are making the most of the market as they know the financial and practical results will be more rewarding than if they were to buy a new house. Building your own home allows you to choose its specifications and customise it for your needs. We can confidently say – self builders appreciate their space.

From original online information: http://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/property/uk-self-builders-are-enjoying-more-space-for-less-budget.html

Lake District is awarded world heritage status

Lake District is UK’s first national park to win world heritage status

The Lake District National Park, World Heritage Site

The Lake District national park has been listed as a world heritage site, joining the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon in being given one of the highest accolades on the planet.

With its rolling hills, spectacular mountains and stunning lakes, the site not only finds itself in illustrious company, but also becomes the UK’s first national park to be granted the status

“It is a unique part of the world that combines a vibrant farming community with thousands of archaeological sites and structures that give us an amazing glimpse into our past.

“This decision will undoubtedly elevate the position of the Lake District internationally, boosting tourism and benefiting local communities and businesses.”

About 18 million people presently visit the Lake District each year, spending a total of £1.2bn and providing about 18,000 jobs. These statistics will undoubtedly increase as a result of this wonderful & well deserved world heritage  allocation.

BTW Flosh Meadows self Build serviced plot site is only 1.3 miles (2.1 km) by road to the The lake District National Park World Heritage site or you can walk the (red) 2.5 miles internationally used Alfred Wainwright Coast to Coast route from Cleator up and over Dent Fell then into The lake District National Park.

Self Build Homes encouraged by UK Government Sep’ 2017

Custom-Built Homes to be Pushed by UK Government

September 14, 2017 by CRL Management

original article can be found at: New Custom Build Homes

new custom built homes

Custom-built and self-built homes are a way to change housing from something a community receives to something the community does for itself.

Despite a growth rate of 6.25% year on year, self-built properties are still a minor phenomenon in the UK, accounting for only 10% of a newly built homes. In contrast, 60% of homes in Germany, France, and Italy are self-built. In Australia and the U.S.A., the amount is 40%.

England and Scotland are now getting involved in a sector that could provide the UK with over 40,000 new homes per year.

The country’s first plot shop has now been opened. Located in Bicester, it will sell land plots on the Graven Hill in Oxfordshire to those seeking new custom built homes. Once complete, the development will be the biggest of its kind in the country, providing up to 1,900 new custom and self built homes.

Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma said that methods of supplying needed housing need to become more creative. The opening of the first plot shop in the UK will make it possible to deliver new custom built homes and self-built properties on a wider scale.

The SNP Government in Scotland is establishing simplified planning zones, where certain types of development will have planning permission waived. The Housing White Paper also confirmed intentions to doubling the number of custom and self-built homes by the end of the decade.

Virgin Money also released a product for self-builders. The new custom built homes market offers substantial growth potential by delivering high-quality homes tailored to a buyer’s individual requirements.

With custom build, aspiring homebuilders are given the tools to design their dream homes whilst the professionals step in to translate those dreams into reality. This strategy eliminates the risk and burden normally associated with a self-build project, creating a more varied housing market that advocates both individuality and design.

In April 2016 it became a requirement for every council across the country to retain a register of people seeking to build their own home. Over 18,000 aspiring homeowners have now submitted their names to local registers.

The Home Building Fund, which the government launched in October 2016, has made short term loan finance worth £1 billion to support custom build, innovation, and small and medium-sized enterprise builders.

According to the Self & Custom Build Market Report, the estimated value of the sector is £6 billion and growth of 41% is expected over the next three years. Contributor James Orme said that the market increase and other factors are motivating product and service suppliers to regard the custom and self-build markets as interesting opportunities.

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Anyone engaged in a building project or managing a portfolio of new-build properties that require mortgages, will require a 10-year structural insurance policy on the property. CRL recognises that every opportunity is different, there are no tick boxes and no set criteria – just an appetite for adventure!

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Build your own homes says Richard Bacon, Norfolk MP.

Norfolk MP calls for self-build revolution to fix ‘broken’ housing system

A Norfolk MP will today call for a revolution in people building their own homes – in order to fix a housing system which he says is broken.

Plots of land should be sold to groups or individuals on which they can self-build or custom-build their own homes, says South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

They could within a three-year limit be by building it themselves or getting a small, local builder to construct it to their specifications.

He said: “You can build a house for something between £80,000 and £160,000. It happens all the time.

“If we were building as many units of self-build and custom house building as they are in the Netherlands now, we would be creating 60,000 extra units a year on top of what is currently being delivered, which could make a significant difference.”

He said giving people the chance to decide what their homes should look like and getting communities involved in the process could also remove anti-development sentiment.

He said: “Under the current system, people are often resistant to development, despite the fact it’s their sons and daughters and grandchildren who need homes.

“That’s because they feel housing is something which is imposed on them, rather than something they help to shape. I’m trying to get to a place where we understand the difference between building boxes and building a great place to live.

“What has happened in our planning system is that it’s become all about the numbers. And people do not like being told x number of homes are going to be built where they live.

“We must have better, smarter, beautiful ​development that offers a wide range of real choices to consumers and is actively welcomed by existing communities, including the grandparents and parents who so often oppose development with arms folded saying, ‘We don’t want any houses in our area’.”

He has convened a conference called How Should Norfolk Grow? at the John Innes Centre today, where experts from all over the country will be speaking.

He has invited councillors and officers from Norfolk’s councils, planning consultants, architects, designers and construction companies to the conference.

PUBLISHED: 09:05 29 June 2017
dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
@dangrimmer24

Do I have “The Right to Build”

The government has passed legislation in a bid to make more plots available for people who within their own budget and to their own design and size want to create their own bespoke homes.

An excellent article can be found at http://www.self-build.co.uk/right-to-build describing all matters relating to your “Right to Build” on a serviced self & custom build plot.

Top Meadows application

We have submitted a new application for additional plots at Flosh Meadows at an area known as Top Meadow, we show a plan below.

Top Meadows land close to St Mary’s cemetery is suitable to accept the difference of 7 plots from the 28 properties we first obtained permission for and the subsequent reduction at our request to the existing 21 plots.

We have ensured any new family homes at Flosh Meadows, including Top Meadow are further away from the cemetery grounds than other homes that have been in place for a considerable number of years.

We have always informed our neighbours and others close by of our plans and below is the letter accompanied by our plan that we have hand delivered to them:
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Dear Neighbour

Subject: Application for planning permission at ‘Top Meadow’ Flosh Meadows, Cleator

I attach an illustrative drawing which has been submitted on our behalf to Copeland Borough Council planning department, as part of a new application.

In response to a considerable number of local families showing an interest in our self build site we consider the drawing shows a suitable area which can be considered an executive location for self build serviced plots.

We appreciate that most people we are informing of our plans, have in the past built their own homes close to Flosh Meadows and will understandably have considerable sympathy and support for others wishing to do the same. Additionally, we are continuing to add local builders and suppliers to our list which we will make available to plot purchasers. Flosh Meadows development will bring work and revenue into our locality benefiting our community, local businesses and churches etc.

We are in continual discussion with the Homes & Community Agency (HCA) who with the Self Build Portal and their still developing ‘Toolkit for Local Authorities planning departments’ are encouraging more house building and in our case ‘more self & custom build serviced plots’.

The above mentioned ‘Toolkit etc’ recommends amongst many other matters the use of ‘plot passports’ which gives advice on design and materials for self build.

Flosh Meadows Self Build site was initially designed with a substantial amount of today’s ‘Toolkit etc’ elements and we are in the process of conforming even more substantially.

Flosh Meadows ‘Top Meadow plots’ is being designed to reduce any overlooking of existing properties & cemetery including a 10m “No Build” zone for such as garden sheds and similar from the cemetery boundary and will always exceed the separation distances from existing homes required by Copeland Borough Council Local Plan.

We would be happy to discuss our plans with you; please contact us by any means suitable to you.

Yours
Richard & Betty Mulholland

 

Dear Neighbour 2017 June

Dear Neighbour

Subject: Application for planning permission at ‘Top Meadow’ Flosh Meadows, Cleator

I attach an illustrative drawing which has been submitted on our behalf to Copeland Borough Council planning department, as part of a new application.

In response to the considerable number of local families continuing to show an interest in our self build site we consider the drawing shows a suitable area which can be considered an executive location for self build serviced plots.

We appreciate that most people we are informing of our plans, have in the past built their own homes close to Flosh Meadows and will understandably have considerable sympathy and support for others wishing to do the same. Additionally, we are continuing to add local builders and suppliers to our list which we will make available to plot purchasers. Flosh Meadows development will bring work and revenue into our locality benefitting our community, local businesses and churches etc.

We are in continual discussion with the Homes & Community Agency (HCA) who with the Self Build Portal and their still developing ‘Toolkit for Local Authorities planning departments’ are encouraging more house building and in our case ‘more self & custom build serviced plots’.

The above mentioned ‘Toolkit etc’ recommends amongst many other matters the use of ‘plot passports’ which gives advice on design and materials for self build.

Flosh Meadows Self Build site was initially designed with a substantial amount of today’s ‘Toolkit etc’ elements and we are in the process of conforming even more substantially.

Flosh Meadows ‘Top Meadow plots’ area is designed to reduce any overlooking of existing properties and especially the cemetery & grotto including a 10m “No Build” zone for such as garden sheds and similar from the cemetery boundary and will always exceed the separation distances from existing homes required by Copeland Borough Council. Top Meadow plot & home owners will also be expected to reduce all noise when the Grotto is being used for special occasions.

Indeed, all new family homes at Flosh Meadows, including Top Meadow are further away from the cemetery grounds than other homes that have been in place for a considerable number of years.

We would be happy to discuss our plans with you; please contact us by any means suitable to you.

Yours
Richard & Betty Mulholland

Note: we have updated the drawing for our web site to show relevant distances from cemetery & Grotto to new and existing houses, car park and hotel.

 

 

Cumbria “Best Place to Live” says National Body

Cumbria is the best place in England to start a family, a new survey suggests.

To mark International Children’s Day, the online estate agent eMoov and the charity Hope for Children ranked England’s counties based on four criteria.

Points were awarded on the affordability of house prices, what percentage of pupils achieved level four and level five in their primary school Sats tests, average life expectancy and the level of victim-based crime.

Cumbria scored 18.10 in the survey for its mix of affordable property, high level of performance in primary schools, long life expectancy and relatively low crime rate. Continue reading “Cumbria “Best Place to Live” says National Body”

Executive homes plan for the Flosh (Flosh Meadows)

LARGER “executive” homes are planned for a 21-house development in Cleator Moor.

The land behind Flosh Farm was set to house 28 homes after planning permission was granted last year.

But self-build developers have now “illustrated the need for larger plots” as their research suggests there is a “shortage in ‘executive’ quality housing” in the area.

Richard & Betty Mulholland, who owns the land near the Ennerdale Country House Hotel, submitted a planning application for a different layout of the site which accommodates a smaller number of larger homes. Continue reading “Executive homes plan for the Flosh (Flosh Meadows)”

Site owners wish to reduce plot numbers

The site owners Richard & Betty are discussing with Copeland Borough Council Planning Department to reduce the number of plots from 28 to 20.

In very early discussion it appears that Copeland will agree to the reduction of plots but further details and meetings are required.

The road layout will remain as seen in our drawing it simply means there will be fewer but somewhat larger family home sized plots. We will show an up to date layout plan as soon as possible.

Please use our contact form if you need any further information at this time.

Local plots for sale

Sunday 30 November 2014.

As promised to a number of hopeful purchasers of plots at Flosh Meadows, especially to every one who has visited or phoned in these last few days I have added a link showing local building plots for sale.

I have recommended to every one who has visited us that if you have an urgent need for a plot then some already on the market may be your best option.

We expected that Flosh Meadows would have been available for marketing by this time but we are being held up by a variety of procedural matters and we are determined to have every thing correct and in place before we offer our plots for sale.

The best sites to find land/building plots is Rightmove & Zoopla.

Planning application 2014

To encourage debate on our application we are holding a public meeting at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel, Cleator on Saturday 07 June 2014 from 12:00 to 5:00PM. Please come along to this free event and tell us your thoughts on our proposals.

We formally applied for planning permission in week ending 02 May 2014 to Copeland Borough Council for twenty two self build plots and six affordable homes and are in continued discussions with planning officers on all matters.

Note:  on 12 May Copeland Borough Council informed us that we will should expect a decision by 30 July.

The proposal is to provide a number of Self and Custom Build serviced plots for local families to build their own homes at Flosh Meadows, Cleator.

Our wish is to encourage the build of high quality individual properties within a design framework with all homes incorporating high specification sustainable technology.

The objective of this community event is to make you aware of our proposals and to give you the opportunity to make your views known and allow persons to register their interest in the scheme.

We look forward to seeing you at this free event from 12:00 to 5:00PM on Saturday 07 June 2014 at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel.

Further information can be found throughout this web site but in particular on pages:

Planning application-Let’s go for it

For more information and to pre-register for the event (not required but helpful) please complete our Contact Form

Self Build Housing will support Cleator

Press article Saturday 19 July 2014 webOn Saturday 19 July a wonderful write up on Flosh Meadows site by Jenny Barwise in the News & Star evening paper came out of the blue.
We sent  a thank you to Jenny which we show below.
It is very pleasing that the wishes of people within this local area are being listened to by our local councilors and of course Copeland planning Officers; not all Councils planning departments look on self build favourably.

Continue reading “Self Build Housing will support Cleator”

Planning panel says YES to Flosh Meadows Self Build

On 16 July 2014 Copeland Borough Council Planning Panel unanimously agreed to grant permission and allow the Self Build Planning application at Flosh Meadows, Cleator.

There is still a long way to go but at least we know that self build will happen at Flosh Meadows in the near future.

We will now look to finalise plot, road and open space layout for the site and then get the road built and start to set the price for each plot and offer them for sale.

For further information please use our Contact Form and we will try to assist.

Regards
Richard & Betty Mulholland

Cleator 1901

An excellent 2006 article by © Steve Bulman of Bulmer’s History & Directory Of Cumberland, 1901: is a must when you are deciding if you wish to live in Cleator.
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Though small in extent, has risen more rapidly in the scale of material wealth and importance than any other parish in west Cumberland. Cleator is about three miles in extent from north to south, and one and a half from east to west, covering about 2,946 acres, which are assessed at £45,845. It is bounded on the north by Frizington, on the west by Kinniside, on the south by Egremont, and on the east by St. Bees.

Continue reading “Cleator 1901”

Self Build is not for Wimps

Self Build is not for the faint hearted:

(sub titled as I am advised by family & friends that ‘Wimps’ is a harsh word !!!)

A plethora of advice, for and against self build now also being called Custom Build for family homes is now available online, especially at the excellent and comprehensive National Self Build Association web site

Building your own home can be one of the best life style & financial choices a family can make but it should be entered into only following thorough research and a willingness for hard work. It can bring exceptional financial benefits if you ‘put in’ a lot of the work yourselves and control your costs by careful buying of materials and sub contractor costs; if this is not what you want to do it may prove more expensive than buying a standard house “of the peg”. 

Flosh Meadows owners say “All prospective self builders should carry out an in-depth study of their personal wishes, ability, determination, time and finances before committing to any irrevocable purchase or action”.

A self builder cautioned me some years ago; “you spend 12 month building your perfect designed high quality home and possibly if you are not careful 24 months re-building your relationship” so be fully aware of the difficulties before you make a life changing decision. However you will have avoided what Kevin McCloud of Grand designs calls ‘churning out the same old boxes’

It is not the intention of Richard & Betty Mulholland of Flosh Meadows who should call themselves (wonderfully obtuse phrase coined by a home designer) “Custom Build Facilitators” !! to try and sell you the idea of self build. We simply offer our self build, serviced plots in a wonderful part of West Cumbria with the site being within short walking distance of the internationally renowned The Lake District National Park now (2017) a World Heritage site.

We consider the following article by the well known and financially astute people at This Is Money website is a brilliant place to start:
Continue reading “Self Build is not for Wimps”

Planning application – Let’s go for it

floridaRichard & Betty have decided that the time is right to put in a planning application for Self Build, now more frequently called Custom Build for their proposed development at Flosh Meadows.

Copeland Borough Council in late 2012 recommended to the Government inspector that Flosh Meadows was a suitable site for a family home development. They further recommended that the site could accept a total of 36 family homes that could be built in the immediate future i.e. 0 – 5 years.

The inspector held a public meeting at the Copeland Centre in April 2013 and in his October report agreed that Flosh Meadows should be considered for a family home development for 36 homes and could be started immediately if formal approval was given by Copeland planning committee.

Richard & Betty in March 2014 have informed in person & writing Cleator Moor Town Council, St Mary’s & St Leanord’s Church and all their immediate neighbours and many more in the Cleator area that they intend to apply for planning permission to allow the site to be offered to custom build purchasers. Continue reading “Planning application – Let’s go for it”

Self builders are keen to be eco friendly

I was talking with two hopeful self builder earlier today. They were trying to (their description) “get their head around Eco requirements” for their hopeful new self build home. I am not sure if they appreciated my answer “so am I !!!”. but I pointed them to the Self Build Portal web site:  which contains amongst many others the following helpful article. Continue reading “Self builders are keen to be eco friendly”

Government copies Flosh Meadows Business Plan !!

Grant Shapps coalition minister forSelf Build Homes’  in June 2012 has wisely copied the business plan of the Flosh Meadows, Cleator, Self Build family homes site; he recommended that more self build plots should be sold with roads and services in the close vicinity of each plot; OOOkaaay; perhaps he also had other models to follow but at Flosh Meadows, Cleator, in the wonderful area of Copeland being immediately adjacent to the Lake District National Park that was our first procedure and if allowed by our local planners it will also be our next. We build the roads & pavements, put in electric, gas, water, telephone and drains to each plot boundary and then invite plot owners to connect up and build their family homes. The owners achieve a magnificent and affordable family home and the housing stock in our area is improved with these high quality homes.

Sustainability: Self Builders versus Major Developers

Undoubtedly, the emerging demand for sustainability in the housing sector is evidence of the fact that home buyers are becoming more environmentally and economically aware. Self-building attracts sustainability and when incorporated in the design of houses can lead to a significant reduction in life-time operation costs, while minimising the environmental impact of the housing sector: Continue reading “Sustainability: Self Builders versus Major Developers”

Flosh Meadows – Reasons to Develop

The original Flosh Meadows self build community at Cleator, Cumbria consists of five high quality detached family homes built in 2001. It is pleasing and supportive to the community and locality that in 2017 four of the original five self build families still live in the homes they built. The land owners & developers Betty & Richard Mulholland who live adjacent  have applied within the  Copeland Borough Council Local Development Plan to be permitted to further develop the community.

Betty & Richard are making no assumptions on future decisions; but within this website they wish to sound positive of gaining permission and will present reasons why such should be given. They fully appreciate and understand that the local planning authority decision makers and officers need to take a host of requirements into account before deciding on suitable new build sites for family homes. (2017 update: 2 parcels of land have been given planning permission)

Considerations (amongst many others) the planning authority will take into account are:
  • does the area need regenerating
  • would more homes help with the regeneration of the village
  • is there a shortage of high specification homes in the area
  • is there a shown wish for high quality homes in the village
  • are families waiting to purchase
  • is suitable safe land available for immediate development
  • is there a variety of styles and specification on offer from developers
Why Flosh Meadows should be allowed to be further developed:
  • April 2013 Copeland Borough Council recommended to Government Inspector that Flosh Meadows should be allowed to be further developed
  • December 2013 Inspector agreed to Flosh Meadows extension and Copeland Borough Council formally adopted the decision
  • Flosh Meadows has immediately available infrastructure to take additional properties N.B. foul sewage within the village is scheduled for improvement by United Utilities in 2014
  • Cleator would benefit from regeneration, in 2008 the village post office and shop closed and in 2009 a public house closed
  • it offers an immediately available shovel ready scheme which would increase the high specification & aspirational (Executive Homes) housing stock in Copeland
  • investment in the Flosh Meadows family home development would assist local growth and provide increased skills training with a subsequent increase in employment.
  • Flosh Meadows will offer high quality homes in an attractive supportive community that is served by public transport giving good access to employment, sporting, recreational, key service centres, churches, schools & other educational establishments.
Additional considerations:
  • a number of prospective self builders wish to purchase plots at Flosh Meadows if they become available
  • self builders are known to build high specifications homes
  • Flosh Meadows is outside of the flood risk area and is immediately adjacent to the village boundary
  • Flosh Meadows commenced with five self build family homes with relatives & friends in the immediate locality
  • all families who originally built (2001) occupied their family homes until one sold in 2010
  • Copeland Borough Council in the 2005 Local Plan recommended that Cleator should have 1 ha of land immediately adjacent to the A5086 at Cleator Mills for housing development to assist in the regeneration of the village.
  • the land at Cleator Mills was forced to be withdrawn in late 2005 when the Environment Agency informed Copeland Borough Council that the land was situated in the highest flood risk zone 3A, the land was further confirmed to be in the highest risk flood zone 3A in 2006 & 2012 (update 2017 Small area close to A5086 road is now in 2nd highest flood zone 2)
  • Copeland Borough Council subsequently stated that homes should not be built on a high risk flood zone and have further stated to government inspector in 2013 that the only homes allowed to be built in a high risk flood zone would be in Whitehaven
  • increased problems are being experienced in obtaining affordable insurance for homes in the high risk  flood zone 3 & 2 (flood zone 1 means that no flood risk applies),  local MP Mr. Jamie Reed when in post publicly identified this matter
  • Update 2015: permission was granted for homes on the highest risk flood zone !!
Decision makers at Copeland Borough Council are discussing & consider:
  • Copeland Borough Council Local Development Framework  working party are scheduled to consider ‘boundary change at North of Cleator’
  • Copeland Borough Council considers “self builders provide high specification properties to housing stock”
  • there is an  acknowledged shortage of high specification homes within the authority