The village in Dorset which was designed by the Prince of Wales to be a community carrying his own ideals and ethics is to receive the Prince again today when he returns to view an exhibition documenting the development of Poundbury over the past 20 years before joining a reception to meet local residents to celebrate Poundbury’s twentieth anniversary.
The Prince of Wales will also meet residents and staff during a tour of Cambridge Court before unveiling a plaque to mark the building’s official opening and meeting partners of the East Boro Housing Trust.
The town, which is part of the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall, began being constructed in the nineties and carries Prince Charles’s ethos for how he feels a village should be. It is designed to be a close community, with many local businesses. It seeks to implement the principles expounded in The Prince of Wales’s 1989 book, ‘A Vision of Britain’.
The idea behind it was simple: to use traditional architecture to build a new community where people would live and work in close proximity.
Despite nicknames such as ‘Toy Town’ or ‘Charles Town’, Poundbury remains a popular place to live. Talking to some of the residents reveals that many have moved from outside of the county, being lured in by the village’s reputation.
Works are supposed to be fully finished on the village in 2025.