Development at Poundbury gathers pace

Simon Conibear from the Duchy of Cornwall at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting

Simon Conibear from the Duchy of Cornwall at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

BUSINESS leaders have been told to expect a ‘shock to the system’ as development at Poundbury gathers pace.

Duchy of Cornwall estate director for Dorchester Simon Conibear told a meeting of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce that the rate of building at Prince Charles’ model development faces a ‘step change’ in the next two to three years.

He said: “It’s going to be the most frenetic and active in my career.

“We are under the cosh to get Queen Mother Square built by March 2016.

“You are going to see some enormous buildings sprouting out of the ground in the next two-and-half years.”

Mr Conibear said the square would feature apartments, including ‘top grade properties’ that are likely to sell for as much as £1.2million, as well as commercial space, a large pub and possibly a hotel.

He said: “This will be a shock to the system when people see it coming out of the ground.”

Mr Conibear said a plinth will be going up in the square next year and the statue of the Queen Mother will be unveiled when the square is opened in March 2016.

Elsewhere on Poundbury a development of 80 retirement homes from McCarthy and Stone is also due to be completed by the time the square opens, while another 500 homes will be built over the next four to five years.

Mr Conibear said there was an aspiration that the 600-pupil first school would be open by September 2015.

He added that Poundbury was continuing to prove a success story in terms of business and commerce.

He said: “Jobs growth in Poundbury has been spectacular.”

Mr Conibear said the latest count revealed there were 1,902 people working in Poundbury businesses, up by around 250 from the same time last year.

He added that there were now 153 businesses operating in the area, compared to 136 just 12 months ago and many of those were the kind of small firms that made Poundbury ‘special’.

Mr Conibear said: “I think Poundbury is the only place I know of where a new development is being built with small business opportunities integrated among the community that is arising.”

He added that one of the things he was most proud of was the high percentage of women who were setting up their businesses in Poundbury.

Mr Conibear also outlined to Chamber members the site to the south west of Dorchester’s Stadium Roundabout that the Duchy had allocated for a park and ride site for 500 cars and a trunk road service area.

He said that, although the Duchy would not be responsible for developing the 11-acre site, it had made the land available and hoped to see the scheme come forward in the next two to three years.

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1:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I thought that originally this was supposed to be a quiet Dorset village.
I drove through there yesterday and come of the building would 'grace' the more expensive areas of London.
I thought that originally this was supposed to be a quiet Dorset village. I drove through there yesterday and come of the building would 'grace' the more expensive areas of London. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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1:19pm Wed 12 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Sorry - should have been 'some of the buildings'
Put it down to a senior moment and the nut in front of the keyboard (:o))
Sorry - should have been 'some of the buildings' Put it down to a senior moment and the nut in front of the keyboard (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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2:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

February1948 says...

Pretentious is one word that springs to mind. Getting more like Stepford with each week that passes.
Pretentious is one word that springs to mind. Getting more like Stepford with each week that passes. February1948
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7:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

bargain price says...

its a eye sore on the landscape which doesn't Duchy of Cornwall wants to protect ?????
its a eye sore on the landscape which doesn't Duchy of Cornwall wants to protect ????? bargain price
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8:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

What you are looking at here is the NEW Dorchester.

Built on high ground to keep an eye on OLD Dorchester inhabited mostly by commoners.
All it will need is a moat.

No prison and nice new council offices too.
There is another agenda running here and has been from the start!
What you are looking at here is the NEW Dorchester. Built on high ground to keep an eye on OLD Dorchester inhabited mostly by commoners. All it will need is a moat. No prison and nice new council offices too. There is another agenda running here and has been from the start! westbaywonder
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9:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

dorset & proud says...

How am I, or indeed most of us mere peasants supposed to afford 1.2 million then?

Nice to see some reasonably priced housing for the locals then...
How am I, or indeed most of us mere peasants supposed to afford 1.2 million then? Nice to see some reasonably priced housing for the locals then... dorset & proud
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10:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Dorset Boy says...

Yet more tower blocks on the skyline for the rich retired city incomers. Nothing for local young couples.
Yet more tower blocks on the skyline for the rich retired city incomers. Nothing for local young couples. Dorset Boy
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3:42am Thu 13 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

Love the photo above, reminds me of the Gestapo in WW2,

Such a stern look of defiance and self importance. LOL
Love the photo above, reminds me of the Gestapo in WW2, Such a stern look of defiance and self importance. LOL westbaywonder
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6:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

I'mavoter says...

dorset & proud wrote:
How am I, or indeed most of us mere peasants supposed to afford 1.2 million then?

Nice to see some reasonably priced housing for the locals then...
Does it say All the properties are going to be priced at £1.2million ?
NO it does not. Trust someone to try and make a big thing out of a 'throw-away' line, for a property that hasn't even been built or priced yet ! Duh !
[quote][p][bold]dorset & proud[/bold] wrote: How am I, or indeed most of us mere peasants supposed to afford 1.2 million then? Nice to see some reasonably priced housing for the locals then...[/p][/quote]Does it say All the properties are going to be priced at £1.2million ? NO it does not. Trust someone to try and make a big thing out of a 'throw-away' line, for a property that hasn't even been built or priced yet ! Duh ! I'mavoter
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