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Poundbury leading the way
A NEW housing development near York has taken inspiration from Prince Charles’s Poundbury vision.
The new Whinthorpe development, earmarked for development under City of York Council’s draft Local Plan, suggested for a site south of the A64, between Heslington and Wheldrake, could see car-free streets, four schools and up to 2,200 new jobs.
Halifax Estates has vowed it will not be ‘just another housing estate’ and that almost half the site will not be built on. They have taken particular inspiration from Poundbury for pedestrian-friendly ‘walkable neighbourhoods.’ Poundbury – expected to be completed by 2025 – was one of the developments used to create the first masterplan for how Whinthorpe may be designed.
A spokeswoman for Halifax Estates said: “We like Poundbury for delivering streets where the pedestrian is king and for creating a ‘place’ rather than just a housing estate.”
Members of the local community said they were delighted that Poundbury was an inspiration.
Mayor of Dorchester Councillor Stella Jones said: “It’s good that Dorchester is leading the way all over the world.”
Mrs Jones added that it was important to remember that Poundbury was part of Dorch-ester and the reason the development worked so well was that it was part of a bigger area.
Chairman of the Poundbury Residents Association Margaret Morrissey said that it was good that the development was being used as inspiration for other housing developments.
She said: “The pedestrian boulevards will be good.
“All I’d say is you have to persevere with them because they do take getting used to.”
She said that walkers and motorists both had to look out for each other and be aware.
Mrs Morrissey said she really enjoyed living in the urban extension.
West Dorset district councillor for Dorchester West Trevor Jones said people should be proud that Dorchester was leading the way.
He said: “Poundbury has always been an inspiration to a large number of architects and a host of developers.
“It’s not everybody’s cup of tea but it has plenty of admirers. There are many developments in the UK, as well as abroad, most notably in Shanghai, which have taken the Poundbury model and replicated it.”
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