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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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  • August 18, 2017
    I decided we had to take a look at Poundbury. It was interesting enough for what it is ... it looks good but doesn't seem to have much life to it. Maybe we went too early in the morning. But later on ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We didn't realise that we were going to stay in Poundbury when we booked the Duchess of Cornwall Hotel. Our first and enduring impression was of open spaces and much more room than you get in modern d...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Well worth seeing with lots of different features in the buildings and layout of the streets met one or two residents who loved the area.  more »

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