A development of 12 apartments for older people in Ingham is to be named Wellington View thanks to pupils from Ingham Primary School, the RAF Ingham Heritage Centre and Ingham Parish Council.
The one and two-bedroom homes for rent will be available for occupancy from March and form the first of three developments to be completed in 2019 by Lincolnshire specialist housing provider LACE Housing.
Chief Executive Nick Chambers said: “We’re always keen to involve the community in our work wherever possible and, on this occasion, approached Ingham Primary School to challenge the children to come up with a name for our development in the village.
“They had support from Lindum, our chosen contractor, and worked closely with the RAF Ingham Heritage Centre to conduct some research that would help generate ideas.
“Several suggestions were put forward to be considered by Ingham Parish Council, and Wellington View came out on top thanks to its poignant historical reference.
The RAF Ingham airfield only existed during the Second World War and the heritage centre works to keep the memory of it alive.
“It’s a very well thought out name indeed, referring to the fact that, from our apartments, you can look up to the former airfield from where the Polish Air Force used to fly their Wellington bomber planes,” explained Nick.
“Having forged strong relationships with these three community groups, the aim is to keep them engaged with Wellington View and its residents as much as possible.
“Plans are in place for images of the former RAF site to be displayed within the development and we will introduce a board to display the pupils’ future work.”
Wellington View will be officially opened in May, while work is progressing on a further 34 homes in Washingborough and 36 homes in Nettleham – which will also be named by local schoolchildren.
They are being created in partnership with West Lindsey and North Kesteven district councils.
Nick added: “These new homes, in some of Lincoln’s most sought-after villages, have been years in the making so we are thrilled to be nearing completion on them.
“They will enable older people to remain in the communities they are familiar with and maintain links with their family and friends – both of which are important factors in helping to prevent loneliness and isolation.”
LACE Housing is accepting applications for its Wellington View apartments from anyone over the age of 55 who has a connection to the West Lindsey District Council area.
To find out more and to register your interest, contact Elaine Donaldson on 01522 514444.