One Million Pound Apartments Coming To Poundbury
7:58am 12th March 2014
(Updated 8:04am 12th March 2014)
Poundbury is hoping to attract some big spenders.
The next phase of the development near Dorchester will soon be starting at Queen Mother Square.
The site already has 1300 affordable homes of all shapes and sizes, but these new apartments will be markedly different, as Simon Conibear from the Duchy of Cornwall explains:
"That will have 20 rather special apartments in it, with a starting price of £1.2M but that will be at the top. So it will actually go for some very affordable apartments down to £600,000. And they'll be a spa in the basement and a concierge service so it will be something rather grand."
"We are also building 500 dwellings in the North East Quadrant over the next 5 years."
Simon Conibear has also told Wessex FM they're backing a new park and ride scheme for Dorchester.
The new site, south of the football stadium, which is in the local plan would have 500 spaces for cars and a lorry park.
Mr Conibear says 153 businesses are currently operating from Poundbury and HGV's can sometimes pose a problem.
" With the success of Dorset cereals and Dorchester chocolates we have an increasing number of HGV's coming in to Poundbury. We would like them parked somewhere else over night. At the moment that's the Top O' Town car park which often isn't ideal."
(Picture Courtesy of the Duchy Of Cornwall)
Here are some facts about Poundbury you might not know:
1. There are now 1,902 people employed in Poundbury. That's a 79% overall increase in the number of employees in the last 6 years.
2. There's been a 239% overall increase in the number of businesses in the last 6 years. Today there are 153 operating in Poundbury compared to 64 in 2009.
3. 86% of residents say they're pleased to have moved there.
4. 76% of residents are happy with the principle of integrated affordable housing. That's compared to 84% in 2003.
5. 48% of Poundbury residents use a car to get to work.
6. 37% expressed concerns about the adequacy of parking, compared to 48% in 2003.
7. 93% of Poundbury residents agree that people in their household feel safe from street crime when they are out in the day.