Discover Dorset: Poundbury

Poundbury is an experimental new town or urban extension on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset, England. It was initiated by architect Léon Krier with the keen endorsement of Charles, Prince of Wales, on whose land it is built. It’s design is based on traditional architecture and New Urbanist philosophy. Is houses a population of approximately 6,000 people. Poundbury currently provides employment for over 2,000 people in over 180 different businesses. Poundbury has been praised for reviving the low-rise streetscape built to the human scale and for echoing traditional local design features.

Poundbury reflects four key principles:

  • Architecture of place – creating beauty and reflecting local character and identity.
  • Integrated affordable housing – throughout the development and indistinguishable from private housing.
  • Mixed use – homes, public amenities, retail and other business uses together with open areas, all designed as an overall community.
  • Walkable community – giving priority to people rather than to cars.

This approach challenges some of the planning assumptions of the latter part of the 20th century. As Poundbury has developed, it has demonstrated that there is a genuine alternative to the way in which we build new communities in the UK.

This really is the perfect day out for the whole family to enjoy, Poundbury has it’s own website whereby you can see all the list of attractions in the town and all the relevant information: