Children use painting skills to celebrate The Orchard

A group of schoolchildren have celebrated the new £4.1million regeneration programme at The Orchard, by painting pictures of their new neighbourhood.

The pupils from Chesterton Primary School are celebrating 43 affordable new homes and a series of environmental improvements on the former site of Beasley Place, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

They wanted to improve the gateway to the development, so they painted scenes that could be positioned on the former Bargain Booze building, which will be used to build five more new houses. They will be on site at 10.30am for a photoshoot on Tuesday 16 October.

Dan Gray, Aspire Group head of asset management and development, said: “Aspire Housing is excited to provide high quality affordable homes for the local community. We’re delighted that the schoolchildren and local residents have welcomed the new development and are helping to make the area a better place to live.”

Ruth Foster, Headteacher at Chesterton Primary School said: “As a school, we were delighted to be asked by Aspire to be involved in this community project. Our children thoroughly enjoyed creating their original artworks for ‘The Orchard’ and are thrilled that their art is on display in Beasley Avenue at the entrance to the new development.”

The 43 new homes range from flats, bungalows, and two, three and four-bedroom houses. Twenty properties are available for shared ownership and 23 for rent.

Shared ownership is when buyers purchase an initial 50% share in a property and pay rent on the rest to help them get on the property ladder.