Newydd Housing Association has named a new housing development on the site of the previous Barry Maternity Hospital after a competition for local people.
‘Newbourne Place’ was chosen as the name for the £3.5million development of apartments on Woodlands Road following hundreds of entries received from more than 60 people.
Both Mr John Lamb and Mr Stephen Edmonds were the lucky recipients of a £50 prize after suggesting the ‘Newbourne’ name, linking the site to its past. During World War Two the nurses home at Woodlands Road was converted into a maternity unit for RAF officers’ wives, before becoming Barry Maternity Hospital in 1955.
Both competition winners have links to the hospital, Mr Stephen Edmonds and his wife were both born there, he said, “I’m absolutely elated to have won the prize just before Christmas, I don’t think I’ve won anything since I was 13 years old! It’s extra special as both myself and my wife have a link to the location and were newborns there ourselves. The prize money will be spent on the children, thank you Newydd.”
Acquired by Newydd in March 2016 using a loan from the Welsh Government Land for Housing scheme, these brand new apartments at Woodlands Road are being built by Pegasus Development in partnership with Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Welsh Government.
Local people with an interest in renting these one and two bedroom apartments once complete must register with Homes4U, the local housing register managed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The properties will be advertised for affordable rent in local newspapers in 2017.