Poundbury is an urban extension to Dorchester was built on Duchy of Cornwall land owned by Prince Charles. Although the ‘pastiche’ architecture is not to everyone’s liking, Poundbury on visiting is a walkable and interesting community where local jobs, retail, education, leisure and services are truly mixed in with the new homes. This gives the place a unique advantage over other urban extensions we have visited, for people can walk on an everyday basis rather than simply jump in the car. Public transport into Dorchester and beyond is good, two railway stations are within a twenty minute walk, pedestrian facilities are good, and a large range of required amenities are readily accessible on foot. The compartmentalisation of retail and business into out-of-town areas has been avoided.
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