Copeland second happiest place in the country

Copeland named ‘second happiest place in the country’

DELIGHTED residents in Copeland have welcomed the news that the borough has been named the second happiest place in the country.

Findings revealed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show Copeland people ranked their happiness levels at 8.2 out of 10, with only Rushmoor in Hampshire – 8.35 – placing higher.

Copeland mayor Mike Starkie wasn’t shocked to learn his borough was one of the most joyful.

He said: “I’m pleased – but not surprised – that Copeland ranks so highly in this national survey.

“I’ve lived here all my life and, although I’ve travelled around with work, I would not want to have lived or brought my family up anywhere else.

“We have our challenges here, as all areas do, but with beautiful scenery on our doorstep, fascinating history, world-class industry, and great folk, there’s a lot to be happy about.”

Overall, British people rated their life satisfaction at 7.7 out of 10 and happiness at 7.5 out of 10. Anxiety scored at 2.9 out of 10.

For happiness, Allerdale ranked at 7.5 out of 10, Carlisle scored 7.2 and Barrow-in-Furness came out with 7.6.

Gerard Richardson, of Richardson’s of Whitehaven, who ran the town’s Maritime Festivals, also agreed Copeland was a happy place to live.

“It’s confirmed what we’ve known for years,” he said. “You tell me what there’s not to like, we’ve got a lovely, varied coastline as well as access to the Lake District. Many parts of Copeland are in the Lake District.

“There’s plentiful employment, good walks and towns. It’s a beautiful place and people sometimes struggle to see it. You’ve got to put aside your concerns over transport or infrastructure.

“There’s no high rise developments and people crammed in, the whole place is lovely.

“At one time people might have said retail was a downside but with the internet that has changed.”

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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.

If approved, (to be heard by Copeland Planning Panel on Wednesday 13 April 2016) the site will house four affordable homes, down from the agreed seven in the previous proposal. However, because of the decreased number of houses overall, Mr Mulholland said there will be a “pro-rata increase” in the number of affordable homes.

The site will provide serviced self-build plots which will equip each property with water, electricity, gas and telephone connections.

Developers insist that the changes to the plot boundaries and road layout are “better suited” to the site than the previous plans.

The planning outline states that the internal alterations will create a new meeting space and improved access.

It adds: “A lower density development allows for space between buildings and the introduction of more planting within the site and its boundaries.”

This excellent article on Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Ben Graham can be seen on page 19 in the paper and online at:
http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/news/Excutive-homes-plan-for-the-Flosh-13d82788-9d6a-474b-b2ba-7da4692f01c6-ds