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'Poundbury mark two' gets under way - images

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Planners have given the go-ahead for a new traditional-style village in rural Hampshire - a development which has already been dubbed Poundbury Two.

The 30-home Tilebourne scheme in the Test Valley, just 45 miles down the road from Prince Charles' famous model village in Dorchester, Dorset, is expected to start on site 'very soon' after receiving the green light from Test Valley Borough Council.

The proposals, by developer Banner Homes, for the long-abandoned Redland Tile Works site have been drawn up by a team which includes one of the architects who helped design the original Poundbury scheme.

Scott Masker, a director of Winchester-based practice Pro Vision Planning and Design, worked 'extensively' on the Prince's prize project while with Robert Adam Architects.

The new 5ha development will boast a range of housing, from two- to five-bedroom properties, including a clutch of £1 million-plus houses, built around a village green.

Masker said: 'I'm personally interested in traditional building styles and those that are sensitive to an area like this.

'We have carried out quite a lot of consultation with the council and it shows that the planning process actually does work.'

Banner Homes, which recently bought the scheme from Bargate Homes, hopes the first residents can move in before the end of next year.

by Richard Waite

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