Boy, 5, inspires name of new housing development

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A five-year-old’s passion for the Disney film Cars inspired the name for one of the city’s newest housing developments.

Archie Blackmore-Read entered a competition to name the Persimmon Homes site on Keel Way in Oxley Park, and chose a title that reminded him of his favourite movie.

Dad, Gary Blackmore-Read, said: “Archie loves the film Cars, so for him the choice was easy. It had to be Oxley Springs, just like Radiator Springs in the movie.”

The suggestion was selected as the winning name, with Archie being presented with £25 in book vouchers and Persimmon Homes also making book donations to his former pre-school, Ducklings in Westcroft, and Oxley Park Academy, the school that helped to organise the competition.

Persimmon Homes head of sales, Claire Lambert, said: “Oxley Springs offers a range of homes perfect for families, and within walking distance of the excellent amenities like Oxley Park Academy.

“Whenever we open a new site, we look for ways to work with the neighbouring community, and we are particularly proud of Persimmon’s close links with local schools.

“We thought Archie’s suggestion was perfect for the site, and the reason behind his choice raised a smile from everyone at the development.

“We also liked that the name of our site reflected the ideals of the movie – friendship, fair play and working together to make a successful community.”

Oxley Springs includes two, three and four bedroom homes, with prices starting at £159,950.

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