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Gordon Brown looks to Poundbury

Chancellor Gordon Brown boosted the rising profile of the Prince's Foundation's new urbanism agenda by visiting the model village of Poundbury earlier this week.

Prince Charles turned the spotlight onto the Dorset settlement by giving the politician a tour of affordable housing being built there as part of a 25-year construction plan.

During the tour, the Prince, Brown and key figures in the development looked around one three-bedroom flat earmarked for social housing.

David Morrish, joint managing director of Morrish Builders, one of the developers on site, said: 'Gordon Brown was particularly interested in the market and how sales are going. I told him it was picking up at the moment slightly.'

The project was conceived by the Prince to inspire town planning and design, as a solution to the problems highlighted by his own earlier criticisms of contemporary architecture and post-war development.

Poundbury was built as an urban extension to Dorchester on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

Work began on the high-profile estate in 1993 and around 750 people now live there, with 2,200 homes to be built in total.

by Rob Sharp

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