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Poundbury, Dorchester
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Poundbury is an experimental new town or urban extension on the outskirts of Dorchester in the county of Dorset, England.The development is built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. It is built according to the principles of Prince Charles, who is known for holding strong views challenging the post-war trends in town planning that were suburban in character.PlanThe development is built to a traditional high-density urban pattern, rather than a suburban one, focused on creating an integrated community of shops, businesses, and private and social housing. There is no zoning. The planners say they are designing the development around people rather than the car, and they aim to provide a high-quality environment, from the architecture to the selection of materials, to the signposts, and the landscaping. To avoid constant construction, utilities are buried in common utility ducts under the town. Common areas are maintained by a management company to which all residents belong.To some degree, the project shows similarities with the contemporary New Urbanism movement, except that the design influences are European. The design of the houses are in traditional and new classical styles, with period features such as bricked-up windows, a feature found on many old British buildings, due to the window tax.
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  • This place REALLY divides opinion. It seems to be fashionable to criticise it. I have enjoyed exploring it and watching it grow over the past view years. Yes it is a mixture of building styles, yes it...  more »
  • Poundbury sprawls out from the suburbs of Dorchester, (County town of Dorset). "Poundbury Village" is the result of HRH Prince Charles's ideas about architecture & urban planning & his idea replicates...  more »
  • Originality and built for those wanting to enjoy the living environment experience of living in a communal society. Friendly, interesting and well worth a visit, quite wonderful for those wanting some...  more »