From the outset, the Duchy of Cornwall developments at Poundbury and Nansledan identified increased sustainability as one of the primary objectives.
Accessibility to encourage walking and cycling is fundamental in reducing the reliance on motor vehicles and encouraging social interaction, a principle that sits at the heart of sustainable communities. This design approach includes not only the street and footpath network, but also practical considerations, such as cycle storage.
Street trees, areas of wider open space and allotments are incorporated in each design, together with support for the local environment. Initiatives for further enhancement are generated not only by Duchy staff, but also encouraged through the local communities.
Opportunities to increase flora and fauna diversity are also assessed. Examples of work to date include installation of Swift, Bee, and Bat Boxes in houses and boundary walls, significant tree planting and establishing a variety of wildflower meadows.
Changes to incorporate evolving sources of renewable energy have included the anaerobic digester plant, which supplies all the gas required at Poundbury, and Electric Vehicle charging provision, as well as solar panels and slates.