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

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
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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.

Self building land register is lacking in parts of UK

Research reveals knowledge about self building land register is lacking in UK

Wednesday, 04 May 2016
Image One in five people in the UK believe there would be increased public support for the building of new homes if self or custom build properties contributed to a greater proportion of those built, new research shows.Despite the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Act (also known as the Right to Build Act) coming into force on 01 April 2016, some 77% of people in the UK are unaware councils are now required to keep a register of those looking to buy land in the local area to carry out self or custom build projects.

The registers will work alongside measures due to come into force in the upcoming Housing and Planning Bill, which will require authorities to ensure they have sufficient permissioned plots to match the local demand on their register.

However, the research from the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) and Ipswich Building Society found that one in eight expect to show an interest in self build property within the next year. This figure has remained constant since the annual survey was launched in 2013.

However, just 2% of people stated their intention to take specific actions to progress their self build projects, such as purchasing land, submitting a planning application or starting construction, within the next 12 months.

‘At a time when much of the UK is experiencing a housing shortage, more needs to be done to raise awareness of this new legislation and encourage those looking for a new home to consider undertaking self and custom build projects,’ said Paul Winter, chief executive officer of Ipswich Building Society.

‘Due to the complex nature of a self build project, those seeking these specialist mortgages are advised to research the market and seek out a provider, and product, that best suits their individual needs and circumstances,’ he added.

According to NaCSBA chairman Michael Holmes the success of the Right to Build Policy initiative, and the delivery of land to meet the huge pent up demand, depends on the registers yet he pointed out that the research shows that 77% of people aren’t aware of the registers, nor what their success means to creating better new homes.

‘This figure needs to change. The NaCSBA is working hard to raise the public profile and support councils across the country to ensure that they have the correct measures in place. Currently, only 35% of LPAs have adopted a register and our aim is to get this to 100%,’ he said.

Raymond Connor, chief executive of BuildStore, believes that this will change as more people become aware that finding a suitable plot of land has become simpler.

‘The research shows there is a significant gap between those interested in self build and those who intend to take specific action to progress self build projects. However, it is likely this sector will soon grow once more people are aware the main challenge of finding a suitable plot of land has now been simplified,’ he explained.

original article can be seen at: http://www.propertywire.com/news/europe/uk-self-build-land-2016050411873.html

Government double number of self-build homes

Government unveils plans to double number of self-build homes

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Stephen Little in News with 0 Comments

what-mortgage-feb-2016selfbuildhousePeople looking to kick-start their dreams of building a home will find it much easier now with the launch of new registers scheme designed to help them find plots.

Councils will have to keep a register of aspiring self and custom house builders when planning for future housing and land use from 1 April as part of the government’s solution to tackle the housing crisis.

The registers should make it easier for those looking to build their own homes to find a plot of land when one becomes available.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said the move will help unlock the massive potential the custom build industry has to meet the UK’s future housing needs.

Lewis said: “Many other countries have a track record of delivering large numbers of local homes through self-build and we’re determined to ensure self and custom house building grows significantly.

“The new registers are a fantastic example of our commitment to double the number of custom and self build homes by 2020 – so anyone who wishes to design their dream house can do so.”

According to Halifax , average house prices rose 9.7% to £212,430 in the year to January.

As result of the housing crisis, many people now fear they will never get on the property ladder. Rising prices have been blamed on the shortage of supply as well as rising demand.

The government pledged to build 400,000 new homes by the end of the current parliament as part of its commitment to boosting home ownership in the Autumn Statement.

However, the UK currently only builds about half the number of the 250,000 homes which are needed each year.

The registers are in addition to the measure in the Housing and Planning Bill which will require authorities to ensure they have sufficient shovel ready plots to match the local demand on their register.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill was first presented to Parliament by Richard Bacon MP and placed a duty on local authorities to keep a register of those seeking an interest in bringing forward self and custom build projects.

In the Spending Review the government announced the Housing Development Fund which aims to provide access to £1 billion of loan finance for up to 5 years supporting the provision of over 25,000 homes through to 2024 to 2025.

The fund is for custom build, small and medium builders and innovative new building methods.

The  original excellent article can be viewed at:

Government unveils plans to double number of self-build homes

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.

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

South Norfolk MP calls for a self-build homes revolution to limit dominance of major housebuilders

Richard-Bacon-MPWhy, when it comes do buying a shirt do we have almost infinite choice, yet when it comes to investing in a new home, we seem to have hardly any? says MP for South Norfolk Richard Bacon

The current new-build housing market, dominated by a few large-volume companies is “intellectually bankrupt”, according to South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

The answer? Empowering more people to be able to build their own homes. Continue reading “South Norfolk MP calls for a self-build homes revolution to limit dominance of major housebuilders”

Developers dumping identikit ‘crap’ homes across Britain says Kevin McCloud

Developers are dumping identikit “crap” homes on sites across Britain which could be used for a revolution in self-built homes, Kevin McCloud, the Grand Designs presenter has claimed. As reported in The Guardian on Monday 05 May 2014. McCloud welcomed proposals to be announced by ministers on Tuesday which will force councils to make land available for people to build their own homes to help combat a crisis in affordable new housing. Continue reading “Developers dumping identikit ‘crap’ homes across Britain says Kevin McCloud”

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”

Builders ‘churning out same old boxes’

On 30 March 2014 Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud criticises builders who ‘churn out the same old boxes’ when it comes to new housing, as he calls for ‘better, greener and cheaper’ self-builds
Kevin McCloud: ‘Land and house prices are going to go up again. They always do in Britain – we’ve never produced enough housing’
Kevin McCloud said that if builders took more care over architecture and design local people would be more inclined to accept new developments. He said: ‘If a community doesn’t want housing what they really object to is crap housing.’
as reported on 30 March 2014 by Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/10731464/Builders-churning-out-same-old-boxes-says-Kevin-McCloud.html Continue reading “Builders ‘churning out same old boxes’”

Turn UK into a Nation of Self-Builders says Government Minister

Pickles_webThe Communities and Local Government Secretary  Eric Pickles on 15 October 2013 said he will turn the UK into a “nation of self-builders” by offering subsidies and tax breaks to people who create their own home.

The UK must become like countries including Austria, Belgium and Sweden, which “reward” people who choose to build their own property, Mr Pickles said.

He said that helping tens of thousands of people to build their own homes will stop “homogeneous, pasteurised housing” being built across the country.

People in the countryside will then be much less likely to oppose custom built housing than larger developments and estates, Mr Pickles said. Continue reading “Turn UK into a Nation of Self-Builders says Government Minister”

Action Plan to promote the growth of self build housing – Second progress report

This is the second progress report prepared by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), as a follow up to the publication of the initial joint Government-Industry report – An Action Plan to promote the growth of self build housing – in July 2011.
The last two years has seen a great deal of activity, and growing signs that all the effort is beginning to bear fruit. There are now dozens of local councils actively bringing forward policies and local initiatives to enable more self and custom build development across the country. We are also seeing considerable enthusiasm from local community groups to progress neighbourhood plans and Community Right to Build projects. Continue reading “Action Plan to promote the growth of self build housing – Second progress report”

New model for self-build set up by Parliament

Strict planning laws, expensive land and a lack of lending all impede the Government’s aim of growing the UK self-build sector from 100,000 to 200,000 over 10 years. But measures  such as Help to Build MIG could soon ease this problem reports Mortgage Strategy on 10 July 2013.

In a fresh push last month MPs, lenders and policy makers set up an all party parliamentary group on self-build.

The idea is to raise awareness of the issue in parliament and create a forum for lawmakers to implement changes that could boost self-builders. Continue reading “New model for self-build set up by Parliament”

UK govt to make self build homes exempt from infrastructure levy

Proposed changes in the UK could save self builders thousands of pounds by ensuring they are exempt from paying a levy charge that must be paid for all new buildings over a certain size. Reported in excellent article by propertywire.com on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. The government says it is committed to helping more people achieve their aspirations of owning a home and wants to help boost housing supply by making self build housing a mainstream option. Continue reading “UK govt to make self build homes exempt from infrastructure levy”

Self-build homes are ‘shape of district’s future’

TEIGNBRIDGE has a bright future, according to Teignbridge District Council leader Jeremy Christophers in his 2013 new year message.

With the local plan under way, he says Teignbridge’s future in 20 years’ time is being shaped right now.  Young working families can get on the housing ladder with self-build, says Cllr Christophers. He is passionate about promoting self-build homes to overcome housing issues in South Devon.

He says: “We want to support young working families. Self-build does that, it gives them a chance to get on the housing ladder.
Cllr Christophers said: “The fact is we can’t go on without a local plan as it leaves too much of the countryside at risk of development.

“We’ll get people interested in self-build together with people who can show them how to move forward. Banks are also now ready to lend to self-builders.” Continue reading “Self-build homes are ‘shape of district’s future’”

New Homes Bonus scheme adds up to £660m for councils

England’s 353 councils are set to share a cash payout of £661m over the next year, after delivering 142,000 new homes, including self Build and affordable properties.

This funding under the New Homes Bonus scheme will also reward councils for bringing 13,000 long-term empty properties back into use.

This latest allocation, to be paid in the 2013 to 2014 financial year, means councils will have received £1.3bn through the scheme since its launch in April 2011. Continue reading “New Homes Bonus scheme adds up to £660m for councils”

Self building guide published-November 2012

New guidance has been published by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA) which provides advice on how planners and custom-build developers can make it easier for people to build their own homes. The guide explains how new Government policy included in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) encouraging self-build can be applied locally.
These include:
encouraging larger scale, self-build communities – like those that are already underway in Continental Europe – using public land to proactively facilitate self build projects – setting a target for a certain proportion of new homes to be self-builds when allocating sites or planning for new homes – treating modest low-cost self builds as ‘affordable’ housing – specifically encouraging self-builds in certain areas – for example on ‘infill’ sites, OR AS SMALL- SCALE EXTENSIONS ON THE EDGE OF TOWNS OR VILLAGES. Continue reading “Self building guide published-November 2012”

Self-builders keen to spread the word

Which of us hasn’t fantasised about a new house, exactly as we want it? You know the sort of thing: swimming pool in the garden, ‘his and hers bathrooms’, or even a home cinema. Well, such dreams may not be as far-fetched as you think, because around 15,000 people a year are now building their own homes. Most buy a plot of land, then hire architects and builders to do all the physical work for them.

By avoiding the large profit margins of developers, they can save tens of thousands of pounds AND have a home designed solely for them. Continue reading “Self-builders keen to spread the word”

UK govt puts £30 million into self build

On Tuesday, 16 October 2012 UK Housing Minister Mark Prisk announced that the first applications for a slice of a new £30 million self build investment fund have been earmarked for approval. Speaking at a special self build workshop for local authority leaders in London, Prisk said that the first projects would benefit from over £1.1million to start work on up to 20 self build plots. Continue reading “UK govt puts £30 million into self build”

Self-build ‘could lead UK to economic recovery’

Self-build ‘could lead UK to economic recovery’ says Jewsons on September 11, 2012: The self-build sector could help to resolve the UK’s housing crisis and support the country on it way to economic recovery, a specialist has said. Continue reading “Self-build ‘could lead UK to economic recovery’”

Eventually!! at least one council is seeing the way forward

07 September 2012: Plymouth Council appeals to self builders;    The council has directly appealed to people who have perhaps found themselves locked out of the housing market by high prices and tough borrowing conditions, and believes that self build projects could hold the key to solving the current crisis. Plymouth City Council is calling for would-be self builders to get in touch and help tackle the area’s housing shortage. Continue reading “Eventually!! at least one council is seeing the way forward”

Self-Build – A solution to housing shortage.

An excellent and comprehensive article on self build was written on August 16, 2012 by “Plainview planning consultants”. This is required reading for prospective self builders, local authority planners and their regeneration managers. Self build will eventually be accepted by UK planners as a major source of high specification, low carbon affordable homes with beneficial employment within the building trade and suppliers. Continue reading “Self-Build – A solution to housing shortage.”

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”

Government encourages self-builders

New help for self home builders launched at most famous address in the country (Published 19 April 2012)

A package of new support to give as many people as possible the opportunity to build their own homes was announced today at England’s most famous address by Housing Minister Grant Shapps. It comes as a new report predicts a 141 per cent rise in the mortgages available for those building their own homes over the next three years. Continue reading “Government encourages self-builders”

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