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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Flosh homes plan focus of open day

AN open day to discuss plans for 28 new houses in Cleator is being held on Saturday.

By Lucy Grosvenor

The company Flosh Meadows wants to have 22 self-build properties and six affordable homes on the current site of Flosh Farm, near the Ennerdale Country House Hotel.

Plans have been submitted to Copeland Council for the serviced self-build plots which will equip each property with water, electricity, gas and telephone connections.

Five self-build properties have already been built on the site. Landowner Richard Mulholland said: “Self-builds are a special thing for the people who take on the project. They are built on sweat equity a lot of themselves appear in the finished product.”

In 2012, Copeland recommended to a Government inspector that Flosh Meadows was a suitable site for a family home development.

It further recommended that the site could accept a total of 36 family homes that could be built in the immediate future, however Mr Mulholland believed that figure is too high. He wants a maximum of 28 houses to be built.

Flooding is a problem for Cleator residents, however the site, near the River Ehen, falls outside of the high risk flood zones laid out by the Environment Agency.

Mr Mulholland added: “We want to build lifetime homes and thankfully the plot falls south of the river where there is less of a flooding risk.”

The open day will be at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel between noon and 5pm.

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