Innovative housing scheme named

Osmotherley Primary School pupils proudly display the name of the development.
Osmotherley Primary School pupils proudly display the name of the development.

Youngsters from Osmotherley Primary School helped announce the name of a brand new development of affordable homes for the North Yorkshire village.

The 12 properties in Clack Lane – being built by Broadacres Housing Association to house local people – will be collectively called ‘Westfields’.

They were officially ‘named’ as part of the county’s celebration of Rural Housing Week which celebrated the building of 126 affordable homes in rural North Yorkshire in the last 12 months. The North Yorkshire Strategic Housing Partnership brought together local authorities, parish councils, community groups and housing providers for five days of events.

Lord Crathorne and Chairman of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Bridget Fortune, presented each of the children with a prize following a competition to name the development.

“The scheme has been six years in the planning – the initial idea coming from a residents meeting after money had been left in trust to be used for the benefit of the community,” said Ward Member, Councillor Tim Swales.

“Villagers felt that it should be used for affordable housing and when a local landowner offered suitable land the scheme moved forward.

“It has involved everyone – from the schoolchildren to our oldest residents – and will provide much needed homes for local people to allow them to stay in the parish.”

Steve Towers, Managing Director of Broadacres Housing Association, said: “Community involvement is very important to us so we are delighted that children from the local school have named this development, which forms part of our ongoing commitment to provide high quality affordable homes in rural areas.”