Poundbury is the urban extension to Dorchester in Dorset, and is famous internationally as a pioneering example of urban development.
It seeks to implement the principles expounded in The Prince of Wales’s 1989 book, ‘A Vision of Britain’.
It is the result of The Prince’s belief on town-planning coupled with a long period of public consultation between 1988 and 1993. Poundbury is expected to be fully completed by 2025 when it will add approximately 5,000 to the population of Dorchester with 2,000 jobs in the factories, offices and general facilities across the site.
Poundbury is being built in a number of different phases to allow for a more gradual extension of Dorchester. The first phase, covering 7.5 hectares, was completed in 2002 and Phase 2, covering 13.5 hectares, is due for completion by December 2006.
The emerging local plan for West Dorset allocates the balance of Poundbury (approx. 40 hectares) for development over the next 15 to 20 years. This will be to the north of Phase 2 and principally residential, although sites for employment and retail uses, a leisure centre and new Pre-School have been reserved. To the east of these developments will be a park, the first element of which will be landscaped in 2006.
The builders at Poundbury are:
C.G. Fry & Son Ltd