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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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  • 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 »
  • Poundbury, on the outskirts of Dorchester is growing rapidly and what started off as a classy extension to the county town is now really a town in its own rights. Run by the Duchy of Cornwall, the arc...  more »
  • This development is terrible, not in keeping of our historic county town. It is dangerous to drive around as there are no white lines or guide to right of way. The new queen mother square is surrounde...  more »