CUMBRIA County Council have submitted planning permission for a new £1.5million coroner’s court and offices.

The new purpose-built coroner’s inquest courts and offices will be in a quiet location on the outskirts of Workington, at Lillyhall, and will be 'designed to meet the needs of the public who attend inquests, also stakeholders and staff'.

The council said the build will be 'a breakthrough in construction, using sustainable and innovative ideas whilst at the same time providing a welcoming, calm and modern environment'.

Cllr Celia Tibble, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for environment, said: “The coroners' service is used at a hugely difficult and emotional periods in an individual’s life.

"This building will be built with this in mind, to make the journey for individuals through the inquest and bereavement process as easy and as positive as is possible."