Prince Charles launches crackdown on homeowners in designer village rules

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Prince Charles launches crackdown on homeowners in designer village rules

Prince Charles during a previous visit to Poundbury in Dorset in 2006. Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall has launched a crackdown on homeowners making unauthorised alterations to their properties in his designer village. Officials in Poundbury, Dorset, want to check that changes like extensions previously agreed by the Duchy office are not getting out of hand. They are inspecting homes armed with clipboards and cameras to establish the works are in harmony with Prince Charles' original designs for Poundbury.

Prince Charles has launched the inspection amid a growing number of properties being altered with no permission (Picture: BNPS)

Prince Charles’ private estate has launched a crackdown on homeowners making unauthorised alterations to their properties in his designer village.

Officials from the Duchy of Cornwall, in Poundbury, Dorset, have been checking that changes previously agreed by the office are not getting out of hand.

They are inspecting homes armed with clipboards and cameras to establish the works are in harmony with Prince Charles’ original designs for Poundbury.

A letter sent to residents reveals the audit will be carried out by a commercial building surveyor over the coming weeks.

However, the possible sanctions for those properties which have carried out unauthorised works was not disclosed.

Bmth News (01202 558833) Pic : BNPS Prince Charles during a previous visit to Poundbury in Dorset in 2006. Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall has launched a crackdown on homeowners making unauthorised alterations to their properties in his designer village. Officials in Poundbury, Dorset, want to check that changes like extensions previously agreed by the Duchy office are not getting out of hand. They are inspecting homes armed with clipboards and cameras to establish the works are in harmony with Prince Charles' original designs for Poundbury.

Prince Charles on a visit to Poundbury, which is set to have 2,500 residents in 5,000 properties by 2025 (Picture: BNPS)

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Picture: BNPS Poundbury, Dorset. Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall has launched a crackdown on homeowners making unauthorised alterations to their properties in his designer village. Officials in Poundbury, Dorset, want to check that changes like extensions previously agreed by the Duchy office are not getting out of hand. They are inspecting homes armed with clipboards and cameras to establish the works are in harmony with Prince Charles' original designs for Poundbury.

Private and affordable housing mix with boutique shops and businesses in Poundbury (Picture: BNPS)

Bmth News (01202 558833) Pic: Phil Yeomans/BNPS Poundbury, Dorset. Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall has launched a crackdown on homeowners making unauthorised alterations to their properties in his designer village. Officials in Poundbury, Dorset, want to check that changes like extensions previously agreed by the Duchy office are not getting out of hand. They are inspecting homes armed with clipboards and cameras to establish the works are in harmony with Prince Charles' original designs for Poundbury.

The development is an extension of urban Dorchester (Picture: BNPS)

It reads: ‘For some time now the Duchy have been aware of unauthorised works undertaken on Poundbury which other residents on Poundbury naturally assume, because of the stipulations, has received Duchy approval.

‘As the extent of this unauthorised work grows the Duchy find it harder to control those works that they are asked to approve as the people asking for the approval then make reference to unauthorised works of the same or similar to what they are proposing.’

Prince Charles created Poundbury as a utopian idyll where private and affordable housing mixes with boutique shops, places of work and services like the local school and medical centre, all within walking distance.

Using a design created by master planner Leon Krier, the Duchy of Cornwall began construction on Poundbury in 1993.

BNPS.CO.UK (01202 558833) Picture: BNPS Poundbury, Dorset. Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall has launched a crackdown on homeowners making unauthorised alterations to their properties in his designer village. Officials in Poundbury, Dorset, want to check that changes like extensions previously agreed by the Duchy office are not getting out of hand. They are inspecting homes armed with clipboards and cameras to establish the works are in harmony with Prince Charles' original designs for Poundbury.

It has private and affordable housing, as well as businesses, schools and GPs (Picture: BNPS)

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: BNPS Poundbury, Dorset.??Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall has launched a crackdown on homeowners making unauthorised alterations to their properties in his designer village.??Officials in Poundbury, Dorset, want to check that changes like extensions previously agreed by the Duchy office are not getting out of hand. ??They are inspecting homes armed with clipboards and cameras to establish the works are in harmony with Prince Charles' original designs for Poundbury.?

The Dutchy said in a statement the inspection would help ensure all properties mirror Poundbury’s ‘ethos’ (Picture: BNPS)

It is due for completion in 2025 when it will have a population of around 5,000 people in 2,500 homes.

Residents must sign an agreement when buying a property on the development, stating that they will not make alterations without the Duchy’s permission.

On its website the Duchy says: ‘The architecture of Poundbury is unashamedly traditional and reflects the local style, but it is not a village; it is an urban extension to Dorchester.’

A Duchy of Cornwall spokesperson said a survey was being carried out to identify changes made over the area’s 25-year history in a bid to maintain its architectural ‘ethos’ in future planning.

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