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Poundbury flats slammed in inquiry

A block of flats planned for the Prince of Wales's model village go against Charles's vision for successful architecture, an inquiry into the planned development heard today.
Developer Woodpecker Properties is appealing against two sets of rejected plans for the flats at Jubilee Court, in Poundbury, Dorset.

The first scheme for 31 flats, two retail shops and parking was rejected by West Dorset District Council planning committee in August last year. A second set of plans for 26 flats, two retail shops, four office units and parking was also rejected by the planning committee in May 2005.

Prince Charles conceived the estate, an urban extension to Dorchester built on Duchy of Cornwall land, after he derided contemporary architecture.

Resident Glenys Jones told the inquiry: 'Neither of the Jubilee Court schemes exactly lifts our spirits which is what we believe His Royal Highness Prince Charles said successful architecture should be able to do.'

She added: 'A lot of us feel that the human factor does not seem to have been sufficiently regarded in these proposals.

'I know some people say they don' t really count but I feel they should.'

In closing submissions as the three day inqury drew to a close, Deborah Tripley said on behalf of residents that both plans intensify development by more than 100 per cent above the range suggested by Government guidelines.

She said the lack of facilities and public transport nearby meant people would be forced to use their cars, which went against Government policy.

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