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Prince Charles hit by resignations

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The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment has been left rudderless again after the shock resignation of its latest chief executive, Matthew Line, and its head of fund raising, Simon Stanley.

The charity, which promotes the Prince of Wales' views on architecture, has parted company with Line less that two years after he was appointed in September 2002.

The foundation, which campaigns for a return to a more Classical approach to urbanism, rejects suggestions that Line and Stanley have quit over the appointment of Prince Charles' former valet, Michael Fawcett, as a fund-raising consultant.

A spokeswoman said: 'Michael Fawcett is a consultant for fundraising and that is all. Simon Stanley has left for family reasons, while Matthew Line is leaving because he feels the time is right to set up his own business venture. We have no information on what this will be.' In an official statement, Line said the time had come for him to move on because the foundation was 'in good shape'.

'Our advisers are now highly sought after to provide education and support in major building and regeneration projects throughout the UK, ' he said. 'We have built strong collaborative relationships with the ODPM, regional development agencies, CABE and the RIBA. I am delighted with the progress made during my two years with the foundation.' The foundation also vehemently rejects rumours that it is experiencing financial problems owing to a fall in donations. A spokeswoman said: 'Reports that we have been left with a £1 million deficit are untrue. We actually made a surplus last year.' Prince Charles' woes were compounded last week by West Dorset's decision to reject his application to build 31 flats at his model village in Poundbury.

Local residents, led by Poundbury Residents Opposed to Density (PROD), were understood to be furious over the high-density scheme, which, they argued, jars with the low-density character of the village.

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