Duchy Of Cornwall Estate Refute Claims Poundbury Is Taking Business Away From Dorchester Town Centre

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Published at 7:55am 20th August 2015. (Updated at 1:49pm 20th August 2015)

Concerns that Poundbury is ‘taking businesses away’ from Dorchester town centre have been refuted by the Duchy of Cornwall office.

Concerns that Poundbury is ‘taking businesses away’ from Dorchester town centre have been refuted by the Duchy of Cornwall office.

It follows claims a survey revealed a quarter of firms in the town have relocated.
 
The concerns come after the release of the Poundbury Business Survey, despite reassurances from those who commissioned the survey that this is not the case.
 
The Poundbury Business Survey was jointly commissioned by the Duchy of Cornwall and West Dorset District Council.
 
Businesses in Poundbury and Dorchester were contacted by Oxford Brookes University, who carried out the survey.
 
The survey received questionnaire replies from 64 businesses overall and revealed that 51 per cent of businesses in Poundbury were founded there, whilst 25 per cent moved there from elsewhere in Dorchester.

Estate Director Simon Conibear spoke on Wessex FM so that he could set the record straight:

'What has arisen has caused, I think, a bit of a query in a press report that 25% of businesses from Dorchester Town Centre had moved to poundbury. Of Course that's not at all correct.'

'Of our 170 businesses here in Poundbury about 35-40 came originally from Dorchester or another part of Dorchester.'

'Poundbury is part of Dorchester , just every bit as much as Fordington, for example is part of Dorchester, and with a growth area, so I don't think people should be too worried if businesses are moving from one part of Dorchester to another.'

'Brewery Square is more metropolitan. It's mainly flats and its got some big name retail brands coming in and I think that's great for Dorchester's profile.'