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Prince Charles takes architectural crusade to countryside

The Prince of Wales' crusade to reform architectural practice in the UK has taken another step forward.

The Prince yesterday launched a 'good design guide' in Cumbria to encourage more affordable homes to be built in rural villages.

He claimed the well-designed homes will help overcome the age-old problem of objections from locals who do not want cheap housing to be built in their village.

The Prince, who has gone out of his way many times to frustrate the architectural community, said the document, Creating A Sense Of Place: A Design Guide, would ease major rural problems.

He said: 'I hope it can be used to encourage objectors to think differently. This really could be the beginning of a solution on a substantial scale.

'Time is of the essence, and I hope this guide will help secure the future of many more local communities.

'You only have to look at house prices and wage levels in the Lake District. The minimum house price is £150,000, the average income generally £12,000 to £15,000.

'So with mortgages no more than three times salary, it is not difficult to see the problem. This situation is by no means unique to this part of the world.'

He added that the lack of cheap housing had a 'devastating' effect on village life. 'Who will look after it all when villages are simply dormitories to commute from or temporary boltholes from city living?' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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