Imaginative pupils choose new name for development

Imaginative pupils at a Wiltshire school put their thinking caps on to come up with a special name for a new housing development.

Persimmon Homes Wessex is currently developing the second phase of their Roman Quarter site and decided to ask local youngsters to come up with a name.

The competition was run at Old Sarum Primary School, in Pheasant Drive, which Persimmon Homes also built.

The contest proved to be a huge hit with pupils with Castle Way chosen as the winning name, which was the suggestion of pupil Ruby Byers.

Headteacher John Jones said: “I am very proud that our children have taken this historic opportunity to name a new area of Old Sarum. I thank Persimmon for this imaginative competition which celebrates our community.”

The runners-up for the contest were Tyler Mealing and Lewis Woodhead, who suggested Spitfire Square, Caitlin Oliver who chose Sarisburia View and Shannon Culleton and Oliver Cross who came up with The Welcome Valley.

A celebration assembly was held in the school where a £50 book token was presented to the winner and three £10 book tokens to the runners-up.

The new development of 29 houses is due to be released for sale in the next few weeks and will include two-bedroom coach houses, three bed properties and large family four bedroom homes. The exclusive development, just off Portway, has views towards the historic site of Old Sarum.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “The development is very close to Old Sarum, which is the old castle site for Salisbury, which is why we chose the name. We did ask the children to try to come up with a name that would have some meaning to the local area and their ideas were really wonderful.

“The development is proving popular and people are already coming in to register an interest in Castle Way, especially as some of the four bedroom executive homes have lovely, large gardens on really nice plots that will make wonderful family homes.”

Buyers wanting to move into Castle Way can also take advantage of major Government-backed initiatives to buy their dream home, such as Help to Buy and NewBuy.

All the properties benefit from the Help to Buy scheme, launched by the Government to provide an equity share loan of up to 20 per cent of the purchase price. The buyer pays a five per cent deposit while raising a mortgage for the remainder. Help to Buy is available to everyone, not just first-time buyers, on new-build properties up to £600,000.

Part exchange is also available at Castle Way as is Home Change, where Persimmon Homes helps people market their property through a local estate agent and pays the agent’s fees once a sale is agreed.

The Government-backed NewBuy is a mortgage indemnity scheme that aims to help homebuyers who only have a five per cent deposit. Under the programme, developed jointly by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Council of Mortgage Lenders, 95% per cent mortgages are made available to existing homeowners as well as first-time buyers on new-build properties worth up to £500,000.

Old Sarum Primary School was built by Persimmon Homes as a condition of planning permission to build new homes in the area. It is situated within the Salisbury Plain and West Wiltshire Downs and became the first community building to be built on Persimmon’s Sarum Meadows development. It opened last September.