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Winning Name Revealed for the New Raholp Housing Scheme
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CLANMIL Housing Association’s new housing development at St Patrick’s Road in Raholp has been named Carraig View thanks to a creative local primary school girl.

Clanmil approached the nearby St Patrick’s Primary School Saul in search of an imaginative name for the new development of eight much needed family homes.  The winning name, ‘Carraig View’, was suggested by Niamh McGrath from Primary 4.  It was chosen from many inventive names suggested by pupils at the school because the word ‘carraig’, which is Irish for ‘rock’, reflects the site’s location close to the historic Mass Rock.

The new homes are scheduled for completion in Spring and are being built to high energy efficiency and design specifications, including Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards, which ensure added security for tenants and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date.

Clanmil Housing Association’s new development in Raholp near Downpatrick has been named Carraig View at the suggestion of local school girl Niamh McGrath, a pupil at St Patrick’s PS, Saul. Niamh was congratulated on choosing the name. From left, Cllr Mickey Coogan, Chairperson of Down District Council, South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, Damien Teague, Clanmil Housing Association Development Officer, Clare McCarty, Clanmil Housing Association Chief Executive and Cllr Gareth Sharvin.

Clanmil Housing Association’s new development in Raholp near Downpatrick has been named Carraig View at the suggestion of local school girl Niamh McGrath, a pupil at St Patrick’s PS, Saul. Niamh was congratulated on choosing the name. From left, Cllr Mickey Coogan, Chairperson of Down District Council, South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, Damien Teague, Clanmil Housing Association Development Officer, Clare McCarty, Clanmil Housing Association Chief Executive and Cllr Gareth Sharvin.

The total cost of providing the Carraig View development will be around £785,000 and Housing Association Grant of £480,000 will be provided to Clanmil for the scheme by the Department for Social Development through the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.  The balance of around £305,000 will be funded by Clanmil through private finance.

The scheme will provide eight five person, three bedroom houses with private gardens, car parking and external communal areas.

Clare McCarty, Chief Executive of Clanmil, is delighted with the new name.  She said; “We were delighted by the interest the children and teachers at St Patrick’s Primary have shown in our development and very impressed by the standard and range of names suggested.  Niamh has come up with the perfect name for the scheme and we’re looking forward to welcoming tenants to their new homes at Carraig View in the Spring.”

Margaret Ritchie MP said, “ I welcome the new build social housing in Raholp which will assist in addressing the issue of housing need in this rural community. This housing development is a very good example of the work that can be done, and the provision that can be created when the Department for Social Development, Housing Associations and the local community work together.

“I also want to congratulate Niamh McGrath, the pupils of St Patrick’s Primary School and Clanmill Housing Association for working together so creatively in designing the name “Carraig View” for this development.” Niamh was rewarded for her creativity with a gift voucher.

Clanmil Housing is one of Northern Ireland’s leading housing associations and currently owns and manages almost 3,500 homes throughout Northern Ireland including family homes, homes for single people, independent living schemes for older people, housing with care for frail older people and supported housing for older people with dementia.  Clanmil aims to provide high quality homes at the lowest possible economic rent for everyone in housing need.