Barnsley primary school pupils name streets of new housing development

PUPILS from a local primary school have come up with the names of the streets for a new housing development in Barnsley, south Yorkshire.

The Catherine’s Walk scheme in the Athersley South area is being developed by Leeds & Yorkshire Housing (LYHA) and its construction partner, ENGIE. Once completed later this year, it will provide 54 “affordable” homes for families and older people.

A competition was held to find street names for the development, open to all 350 pupils at Laithes Primary School. The winning names were ‘Blossom View’ and ‘Tawny Street’, named by Ruby Kenny (aged 8) and Olivia Robinson (also aged 8).

The two girls said: “We’re really happy. We’re both friends and in the same year. We couldn’t believe it when we won.”

Olivia picked ‘Tawny Street’ because “all the classes in the school are named after owls and Tawny is our class” and Ruby thought “Blossom View sounded nice and calming.”.

Joanna Chambers, LYHA’s head of home and growth, said: “There were some great names suggested by the children and it was very hard to pick. We are delighted to be working with primary school pupils and members of the local community in building these homes, which are really starting to take shape now. They will provide much needed affordable housing for local people in an area of acute housing need.”

The organisation says the £5.7 million development is the largest new build scheme it has undertaken for many years. It increases the organisation’s presence in Barnsley to almost 200 homes from just 10 homes five years ago.

It has been part funded by a £2 million Homes England grant and will consist of 40 houses, eight apartments and six bungalows. Five of the homes will be available for shared ownership and the remainder for rent.

Nathan Brough, regional director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “We are very proud to be able to celebrate the naming of the streets around this new development with our partners and are especially pleased that we’ve been able to engage with the local school and that the children have had the opportunity to do something so special.”

Councillor Jenny Platts and Councillor Robert Frost also attended from Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Platts said: “This is a fantastic development of much needed social housing in this ward, which will be available for families and older people. We’re really pleased with how the development is taking shape.”


Main Image: (Back row, left to right) Councillor Robert Frost, cabinet support member for place; Councillor Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for communities); Joanna Chambers, LYHA’s head of home and growth; and Nathan Brough, regional director at ENGIE; with (front) headteacher, Mrs Fletcher and schoolchildren Olivia and Ruby

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