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Prince of Wales’ ‘Knockroon’ scheme wins planning

[FISRT LOOK + PLANS] The Princes Foundation for the Built Environment has won planning permission for this 28-hectare housing development at Cumnock in East Ayrshire, Scotland

Designed by Princes Foundation architects Lachlan Stewart and Ben Pentreath, the 600-home development is set to be built by local builders Hope Homes Scotland and ZeroC Holdings.

The Prince of Wales, who is the project’s developer, bought the land in 2007 following his acquisition of nearby Dumfries House. The ‘heritage-led’ scheme is part of his bid to restore the house and its collection.

Anne Hope, Hope Homes Scotland director, said: ‘Knockroon has been designed to foster a real sense of community. I think this is the sort of place in which families will very much want to set up home.

‘It represents a unique chance to be part of something special, and when it is complete, we feel that the people of Ayrshire will take pride in Knockroon and that those living in Cumnock and Auchinleck will be pleased to be associated with the new community.’

Hank Dittmar, Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment chief executive, added: ‘The project will be a leading example of sustainable development, as well as acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the local area.’

The first phase of the masterplan will feature 87 homes, 12 work units, four commercial buildings and a local shop.

Andrew Hamilton, development director at the Prince’s Poundbury exemplar town in Dorset, will oversee the project.

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