Would you let Prince Charles design your town? Inside Poundbury 25 years on

‘Twenty-five years ago, in ­October 1993, construction started on Poundbury, the Prince of Wales’s development on the outskirts of Dorchester in ­Dorset.

For years, the Prince had been ridiculed for his supposedly fogeyish views on architecture. Only four years before Poundbury was begun, he made his attack on a proposed modernist extension to the National Gallery, calling it “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend”.

He approved of its classical replacement scheme, by the American architect Robert Venturi. But when it opened in 1991, it was attacked by critics as ­“picturesque, mediocre slime” and a “vulgar, American piece of post-modern, mannerist pastiche”.

And yet, by the time of Venturi’s death last month, the ­National Gallery extension had been Grade I listed, and is adored by the public.

And so it has been with Poundbury. What had been thought of as second-rate classical pastiche has been immensely popular with residents, with housing selling at a 29 per cent premium to other new-build schemes in Dorset. Thanks to good design, Poundbury has been oversubscribed, and is now full of life.’

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– Telegraph.co.uk 22/10/2018