Idyllic street wins the family vote

Norman Mayor outside his house on Lower Copthurst Lane, Chorley
Norman Mayor outside his house on Lower Copthurst Lane, Chorley

A Chorley street has been named as one of the best places in the country to start a family.

But people considering moving to Lower Copthurst Lane will be out of luck, as alongside the green fields and grazing animals, the quiet road has only one house.

Lower Copthurst Lane, which is on the border of Whittle-le-Woods, Brindle and Heapey, was ranked number four in the report by PropertyDetective.com.

They looked at quality and availability of schools, nurseries and childcare providers; crime rates; population density; green spaces and other factors, and named Shrigley Road in Bollington, near Macclesfield, in number one.

Lower Copthurst Lane was praised for being close to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and near pubs, restaurants and towns such as Chorley, Leyland and Preston.

The report said: “As a place to start a family, Lower Copthurst Lane combines green spaces, a good local community of other mums and plenty of places to meet.

“Education-wise, almost all local schools are rated either outstanding or good at the very least.”

Living in the only house on Lower Copthurst Lane is Norman Mayor, who was born there and moved back 32 years ago with his wife Bernice and four children.

The family business, D Mayor And Son Coal Merchants, was previously run by his dad and continues to trade, and there is also a farm.

And Norman, 74, has no intention of moving house.

He said: “I think it is the best place in the world to live.”

He highlighted the river running along the back of his house and motorway junctions being just a short drive away.

And he said “hundreds” of people enjoy the scenic location at weekends when they cycle along the road.

But he admitted that life on Lower Copthurst Lane might not suit everyone.

Reacting to the street’s ranking, Norman said: “It’s okay saying that but there are very few people here.

“I agree with them, but lots of people to want to live in town, not in the country.”

And Norman’s son Robert said while he “loved” growing up on Lower Copthurst Lane, children might prefer living near other children.

Just up Lower Copthurst Lane are the canal, the Top Lock pub and more houses on Copthurst Lane.

Nina Thistlethwaite, who lives on Copthurst Lane with her husband John and daughters Darcy, seven, and Harriet, four, thinks it is a great place to live.

She said: “It’s fantastic. You can go for a walk however long or short you need it to be, we have the canal right there on the doorstep, and the ducks and horses and cows.”

She also highlighted the motorways nearby, adding: “It feels rural but within minutes you can be wherever you need to be.”

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, also welcomed Lower Copthorne Lane’s place on the list. He said: “We obviously think it’s great that Chorley has been highlighted as one of the best places to start a family in a national survey and we would definitely agree.

“There is a real sense of community across the Chorley borough and lots of great family amenities. Plus the council is continuing to improve play provision and organising some fantastic family events and activities.

“I think these factors have definitely helped to boost the area’s standings in this survey.”