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The Fat of the land: Prince Charles backs 'Trim Town'

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Architect-botherer, heir to the British throne and creator of the fine Duchy Original Pork Sausages, HRH Prince Charles' attention has been attracted to a different type of porker than can be found in his Highgrove Estate.

The monarch-to-be is backing a development on land near Cumnock in Ayrshire, designed to keep weight off its inhabitants. Scotland on Sunday reports that it will be the first development specifically designed with the health of its future residents in mind.

Every home will be within five minutes walk of local shops and amenities and streets will be designed to favour pedestrians over cars.

Professor Philip James, who heads up the rather severe-sounding International Obesity Task Force, is quoted as saying: 'Rather than designing places where it is unpleasant to move around, while pouring billions into car-filled town centres and expensive motorway networks, we must focus on improving public transport and curtailing the use of motor cars.'

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