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Prince plans Poundbury-style 'urban village' for South Wales

Prince Charles is planning another Poundburystyle development, this time at Llandarcy in South Wales. The £450 million project, being hailed as 'one of the most ambitious ever undertaken in the UK', will create 2,500 new homes along the concept of the 'urban village' championed by the Prince. As at Poundbury, modern architecture will be eschewed in favour of 'traditional designs, building on the vernacular of the area but put in a modern setting'.

Architects have yet to be appointed, but a strict design code has been set out which will govern both urban layout and individual architectural elements. Practices taking part will be expected to comply with the code.

The Prince's Foundation, which oversees HRH's architectural interests, claims the village could boost the economy of the area by £1.2 billion.

The project, planned for the 10km 2site of the disused Llandarcy Oil Refinery near Neath, is being developed in collaboration with the Welsh Development Agency, BP and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, with the support of the Welsh Assembly.

The Prince said it was a 'remarkable opportunity to create a thriving mixed community' that does justice to the 'remarkable location, with its neighbouring wetlands and rolling Welsh hills'. And he said he hoped it would come to be seen by others throughout the country as a 'living model' for what could be achieved elsewhere.

He added that the project was an opportunity to reach 'new architectural solutions', and that these solutions must learn from 'the best of our heritage and centuries of building knowledge if we are to meet our future needs through the application of timeless well-tried principles'.

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