Poundbury has long been considered a model for future housing development. Part of the Duchy of Cornwall, the town gets lots of attention from HRH Prince Charles’ regular visits to the area, but, with regal rules and environmental firsts, there are lots of other interesting facts we thought you’d like to know about too…
Prince Charles has strict rules on colours and caravans
While you may think he’s busy preparing to be King, Prince Charles also has other tasks keeping him occupied – including upholding the aesthetic of Poundbury. Royal rules are in place to keep the town looking its best – from a ban on uPVC windows to a prescribed palette of front-door colours to which residents must adhere.
There’s a tribute to the Queen Mother
Thinking of flouting the Duchy’s strict rules? You’d better be careful, as the Queen Mother’s eyes are permanently watching over Poundbury in the form of a statue commemorating Her Majesty. Standing proudly in Queen Mother Square the statue is the work of sculptor Philip Jackson.
…RnR like HRH
Fancy being pampered like a Prince or Princess? Poundbury’s new Monart Day Spa was opened by Prince Charles late last year and is housed within the lower levels of the Royal Pavilion in Queen Mother Square. Reserved for over 18s, the Spa has brought a Himalayan Salt Grotto, Sanarium and treatment rooms to the town.
Poundbury is heated by the UK’s first ever Anaerobic Digestion Plant
Let’s explain that a bit… Nearby Rainbarrow Farm was the country’s first full-scale anaerobic digester and biomethane-to-grid plant. Built by the Duchy of Cornwall in partnership with local farmers, it provides 100% renewable bio-methane gas from sustainable sources of crops, and feeds this into the national gas distribution network to heat not only Poundbury – but up to 90,000 homes in West Dorset! The result? Poundbury’s heat is 100% local, renewable and sustainable.
Cars come second here, with the Poundbury masterplan ensuring that priority is given to people rather than vehicles. Village amenities sit adjacent to residential areas making them accessible by foot rather than car, with well-connected streets and squares and irregular, winding roads not only slowing drivers down, but also helping the area look pretty too.
Business is booming in Poundbury
Although a relatively new area, did you know that Poundbury is already home to more than 200 thriving businesses who employ in excess of 2,300 people? It’s a great story for local commerce, with more than half of those businesses being established here in Poundbury and a third of them run by female entrepreneurs.
We’d love to tell you even more about the area. Why not visit our team in our brand new show home at Monaveen House, now open seven days a week.
And, with so many interesting tales to recount, if you move into one of our homes, you’re already well-armed with dinner party stories for your future guests!
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