An overseas visitor asked us the other day “What is Poundbury?” The question, prompted by news footage of Prince Charles in Poundbury cradling babies and pointing a lot, is often responded to by Dorset folk with derisive comments and under the breath mutterings of Royalty, too much money and The Truman Show. But are people being too hard on Prince Charles’ vision for the future? It’s not for us to say but it did get us wondering what we really know about this development on our doorstep.
* It’s been twenty years, yes TWENTY YEARS, since work first started on Poundbury
* The development is built on Duchy of Cornwall land and combines social and private housing – built in a traditional style using local tradesmen – with work and leisure facilities designed to put the needs of people before cars.
* Poundbury is currently home to approximately 2000 people, and by its completion in 2050 it will house about 5000 people. 1200 jobs have been created.
Has it worked?
With competitive rents and plenty of parking, Poundbury has enticed a number of exciting cafes, shops and business away from central Dorchester (see below for some of our favourites). Dorset Cereals and House of Dorchester are two of the big boys to have taken up residence and there is also a whole range of services including estate agents, dentists, doctors, little Waitrose, a vet and day nursery. So it would seem that Poundbury is being taken as a serious place in which to live and do business.
Shops and More
* We buy all our baby and new parent gifts from the independent Heybaby. With excellent service, knowledgeable staff and great products at competitive prices it’s no wonder mothercare couldn’t compete.
* Mr Crepe’s Cuisine is one of the top rated restaurants in the Dorchester area. The Crepe batter is home made every morning as are most fillings. Beautiful coffee and pastries are also on offer.
Go and see for yourself