Cornish Poundbury set to reopen the style debate
Plans by the Prince of Wales for another Poundburystyle development in Cornwall could meet with opposition from planners determined to avoid 'Victorian pastiche'.
The Duchy of Cornwall last week won the goahead to develop its plans for an urban extension to Newquay, two miles from the seaside resort of Fistral Bay. But although 'Surfbury' has won the support of the borough council for development in principle, it could run into trouble on architectural style.
The Prince's property empire is heading a group of 15 landowners with interests in the 101ha site.
Leon Krier, masterplanner for the Prince's Poundbury village in Dorset, will be overseeing design of the project. Initial plans are due to be released for public consultation next March.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman insisted 'Surfbury'would not be a replica of Poundbury.However, she said the expansion would conform to HRH's 'urban village' principles and his views on architecture, which include a well-documented hatred of Modernism. The traditionalist Krier will be producing a project 'style guide' and 'framework design'.
Restormel council's strategic development officer, Phil Randell, told the AJ there would be a debate about the role of modern architecture in the project.
'We don't just want a pastiche of Newquay's Victorian architecture or an imitation Poundbury, ' Randell said. 'The conservation adviser, myself and the other planners are all keen to see innovation.'
Randell said the council will be pushing for environmentally sustainable buildings - at odds with pastiche architecture - and for affordable housing.