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Prince gets to grips with Northampton housing vision

The Prince's Foundation has been advising on the creation of a 'radical' urban extension to Northampton which could be reproduced across the country, writes Zoë Blackler.

English Partnerships has asked the foundation to provide a vision for its 44ha greenfield site at Upton. EDAW has drawn up a masterplan for 1,020 homes - of which 20 per cent will be social housing - with retail and business spaces, a primary school and adjoining parkland. Foundation director David Lunts said HRH would be taking an active interest in the project - a 'radical departure' from earlier extensions to the town.

While Poundbury takes its inspiration from the local Dorset vernacular, Upton will look to Northampton's own architectural traditions. However, EDAW director Andrew Jones stressed that while the plan will reflect the scale and materials of the town's 19th century Victorian terraces, the architecture will be contemporary. Lunts said the project is part of a larger collaboration with English Partnerships, which is considering a number of other sites for development along similar lines.

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