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Prince Charles’ urban extension to Dorset’s county town has often been referred to as his ‘model village’.
It is not. The estate, which will ultimately have 6,000 residents – a third of whom will be employed within walking distance – is a socially-conscious, green and thoughtful development when you look at the principles behind it. It is not a village in any sense.
The Poundbury estate is viewed sceptically by its critics, who see it as the prince meddling in architecture. Indeed, its Bavarian towers, London-esque town houses and grand monuments do not reflect architecture previously found in Dorchester. However, its striking buildings, set on wide roads with few markings, are beginning to ‘settle in’ to the landscape with age.
The development was launched in 1993, on Duchy of Cornwall land on the outskirts of Dorchester. The vision was to incorporate at least a third social housing; Rather than establish enclaves of affordable and rented homes, these would be sprinkled in among the high-value owned homes, to give people an even platform. In addition, the Prince wanted the buildings to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with the latest techniques to insulate them and reduce energy consumption.
The Prince of Wales visits frequently, popping in on residents and businesses to see how they are doing.
This type of community had never been attempted in this way before and required a huge team to achieve. ‘New’ Poundbury (the old Poundbury is just next door) has since sprung up in phases, creeping out from Dorchester over nearly 30 years. Residents are making good use of the facilities so far established, such as the Brownsword Hall, and businesses have been keen to take up premises there, as Poundbury has a certain royal cachet which does no one any harm.
The development now centres around the imposing Queen Mother Square, in the middle of which an enormous statue of the Prince’s beloved grandmother surveys a large cluster of shops and eateries. Here you can pop in to Waitrose, then have a superb meal at the Duchess of Cornwall pub –named for Camilla – before browsing the garden centre.
In the streets surrounding the square there is an almost city-like mixture of homes and businesses. Few streets are purely residential. Yet Poundbury remains quiet and still, like a library version of itself. It is an extraordinary achievement, as it is already home to nearly 200 businesses employing more than 2,000 people.
The development contributes hundreds of millions of pounds to the local economy.
Sadly, the initial aim of reducing the use of cars has not panned out, but it is possible to live here without a vehicle. Damers First School has been rebuilt in Poundbury and there are ample shops to find what you need. It is only a short stroll into Dorchester town centre here, from where you can catch a train, or a bus ride.
The local secondary school Thomas Hardye has an excellent reputation and is only a short walk away. The town’s leisure centre is right next door to the school and just beyond that the historic monument Maiden Castle. Roman remains are legion in this area, and if you are a history buff you’ll love the selection of museums the county town has to offer.
Nearer to home there is a large leisure area and play park named the Great Field, where dog walkers, cricketers and football players mingle happily.
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