Prince Charles plans 1000 home urban expansion project

Britain’s Prince Charles is planning to build a 1000 home mini town next to Newquay in South West England.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 27, 2003

Britain’s Prince Charles is planning to build a 1000 home mini town next to Newquay in South West England. Newquay is famous for having the best beaches in the country, leading the new project being unofficially named Surfbury. If the plans go ahead, Surfbury will become the second urban extension project undertaken by Prince Charles. He is already responsible for the recently started Poundbury project, a 400-acre extension of the ancient British town of Dorchester. Poundbury is viewed in Britain as a model for urban expansion in the 21st century. It rejects the idea of bolting-on sprawling cul-de-sac estates of modern houses as towns expand. Instead, all new residential areas are designed in the style of existing historic buildings, and are built around neighbourhood amenities such as post offices, cafes and schools. Surfbury is expected to house up to 3000 people within a 250-acre area. It will include shops, pubs, a school and other community features. Construction could start in 2005. The plans are expected to be submitted next year by the Duchy of Cornwall a 141,000-acre estate of land, farms and other property overseen by the prince. The Duchy says it wants the views of the public before it puts in a planning application but will meet very little resistance if Surfbury meets the architectural standards of Poundbury.

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