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Princes Foundation reveals ‘Poundbury India’ plans

The Princes Foundation for the Built Environment has unveiled plans to build a 3,000 home new town in India

The 10-hectare development will be built on the outskirts of either Calcutta or Bangalore, providing a low-cost alternative to slum housing.

Following the Foundation’s ‘enquiry by design’ model, local communities will be encouraged to play an active role in the process of designing the new development.

As part of the organisation’s larger plans to establish more widespread ‘sustainable urbanism’ in the subcontinent, the Foundation has also opened a new Indian office to further its outreach.

Hank Dittmar, chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation, explained: ‘It is exciting that the Foundation can now add India to its list of international projects. India is a fast growing economy and there is real potential to develop the concept of sustainable urbanism within the India planning system.

‘Local people feel disenfranchised from the planning system and this is true whether it be in Europe, America or India and I hope that the work of the Prince’s Foundation will be able to help combat that feeling of disillusionment.’


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