Royal inspiration as pupils name new developments

Pupils at a Wiltshire school looked to our royal family for inspiration to come up with special names for two new housing developments.

The imaginative youngsters at Longleaze Primary School were asked by Persimmon Homes Wessex to put their thinking caps on to name and design a brochure logo for the two new sites in Royal Wootton Bassett.

In 2011 the town was given the Letters Patent on behalf of the Queen to become Royal Wootton Bassett.  It is only the third town in British history to receive this honour and was given in recognition of the support and respect the townspeople show to fallen servicemen and women.

Pauline Fletcher, sales and marketing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said in recognition of that honour they had asked the pupils to create names which had a royal connection.

Pupil Evie Scott, age seven, came up with the name Queen’s Court, which will now be used on the Persimmon Homes development on the site of the old sports field in the town.

The development, off Longleaze Lane, is due to open in the autumn with 129 homes, including two, three, four and five bedroom properties with designs to suit all tastes.

The royal theme continued as Piper Shaw, age seven, suggested the name King’s Court.  It was chosen for a new development, also due to open in the autumn, on Station Road where 51 homes of two, four and five bedroom homes will be built by Persimmon.

Clare Pickard, headteacher of Longleaze Primary, in Byron Avenue, said the competition had proved a huge hit with the youngsters with around 40 children entering the competition.

She said: “It was a wonderful opportunity for our children to actually name these developments in the town and it really caught their imaginations.”

Pauline added: “We did ask the children to come up with a name that would have some meaning to the local area and their ideas were really wonderful.  Both Queen’s Court and King’s Court are attracting lots of interest and we would encourage people to register their interest with us to keep updated on the two developments.”