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Prince Charles unveils first of Poundbury-style clones...

Prince Charles is advising on the creation of a Cornish 'urban village' - the first in a series of Poundbury-style new towns.

The project at St Austell (pictured) will provide a model for 20 such villages which the Prince's Foundation is developing across the country.

The mixed-use scheme - with its emphasis on traditional architecture and the arrangement of buildings around a village green - aims to reflect the urban village principles championed by HRH.

Alan Leather, the local architect chosen to draw up the scheme, said the village would be different from 'sterile' Poundbury, which failed to create a vibrant community. Unlike Poundbury, the St Austell 'village' - on a 4ha brownfield site and 1km from the town centre - would be integrated into the town and not merely an annex to it, he said.

Like Poundbury, it will reflect the traditional Victorian and Edwardian architecture of the area.

However, Leather stressed that contemporary elements will be introduced for 'key' buildings.

Prince's Foundation director David Lunts agreed that while the project would draw on lessons from Poundbury, it would have its own character. 'It won't be the same traditional architecture, ' Lunts said, 'it will be different traditional architecture.'

The scheme will create 140 residential units including a mixture of two-bedroom flats and two-, three- and four-bedroom houses, 22 of which will be affordable. There will be eight live/work units, 12 work units over 2,500m 2and an enterprise centre to provide 1,000m 2of managed office space for local businesses.

The foundation hopes to begin on site once it receives detailed planning permission in June.

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