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A private estate established in 1337 which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the Prince of Wales and his family.

Poundbury

Poundbury is an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester, built on the principles of architecture and urban planning as advocated by The Prince of Wales in ‘A Vision of Britain’.

Poundbury, Dorset

When work began in 1993, the basic idea was simple; Poundbury would be a high-density urban quarter of Dorchester which gives priority to people, rather than cars, and where commercial buildings are mixed with residential areas, shops and leisure facilities to create a walkable community.This approach aims to challenge some of the planning assumptions of the latter part of the 20th century and the past decade. As Poundbury has developed, it has demonstrated that there is a genuine alternative to the way in which we build new communities in the UK.

“Poundbury is currently home to approximately 3,000 people in a mix of private and affordable housing. The community also provides employment for over 2,000 people and is home to 180 businesses.”
Poundbury

Credit to Chris Vile – Poundbury Architecture

Poundbury has also proved increasingly influential among industry professionals, attracting international interest and generating many organised tours every year from architects, town planners, academics and house builders. Its success has been recognised far beyond Dorset and many of the founding principles of Poundbury have now been incorporated into the British Government’s Planning Guidance Note PPG3.

Poundbury

Credit to Chris Vile – Poundbury Architecture

Poundbury

Poundbury, Dorset

In 2010, Dorset County Council completed an Economic Impact Assessment of Poundbury, which concluded that the Poundbury development had already contributed over £330 million in demand for goods and services to the local economy and will contribute a further £500 million by 2025.

Download the Poundbury 2016 Factsheet here.

Download the Poundbury Economic Impact Assessment here.

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Poundbury

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