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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:

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