East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) hopes to incorporate elements of Poundbury’s design into the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon.
Whitehill & Bordon is being transformed from an Army town into Hampshire’s green town with 3,350 new homes, 5,500 new jobs, a new town centre, new schools, a new road and new facilities.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, the Leader of East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) which is progressing the scheme, and Steve Pearce, the Project Director, were invited to join a tour and presentation on the development and to meet with The Prince of Wales at a reception.
During a two-hour visit to the development in Poundbury, Dorset, which has been built on Duchy of Cornwall land according to principles advocated by The Prince of Wales, there was a tour of the site where the EHDC representatives chatted to The Prince of Wales, discussing the development principles used in Poundbury.
The council was told of the work of The Prince’s Foundation which demonstrates sustainable development and places community engagement at the heart of its work.
The Prince of Wales has been keenly interested in the quality of both the natural and built environments and in 1989 published the book ‘A Vision of Britain’ which set out his beliefs on principles of architecture and urban planning.
Development principles which the two developments share include a focus on varied architecture that reflects the heritage of the area, emphasising a strong sense of local community and the neighbourhood, and high quality public services and amenities. In addition both schemes attach great importance to the provision of residential, employment and commercial premises in close proximity to each other, so that residents can work, rest and play without using the car, removing street clutter, ensuring the town is pedestrian-friendly and ultimately helping to create strong, vibrant communities.
As Poundbury has developed over the last 20 years it has demonstrated that there is a genuine alternative to the way new communities are built.
Poundbury gives priority to people, rather than cars and commercial buildings are mixed with residential areas, leisure facilities and shops to create a vibrant, walkable community – many of which are also being incorporated in Whitehill & Bordon.
Both Poundbury and Whitehill & Bordon are creating an emphasis on a high quality built environment which is attractive and enables people to live, work, shop and play – without the need to travel.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, Leader of EHDC, said: “It’s a great honour for us as representatives of the District Council and the town to have had the opportunity to visit Poundbury and to learn about The Prince of Wales’s development. It was wonderful to meet with His Royal Highness and to hear his views on sustainable developments.”