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The Big Poundbury Conversation took place over Summer 2023 and showed that most people enjoy living, working in or visiting Poundbury, an innovative urban extension to the county town of Dorchester.

Respondents mention the architecture, green spaces, attractive squares, shops, cafes and restaurants, and the open space of The Great Field, as particular reasons to enjoy being here. They are proud to have a much higher than average percentage of affordable housing. There are challenges too of course, around social isolation, traffic, and the cost of living.

The Big Conversation reported back in late 2023 and a meeting of residents held on 24th January 2024 agreed a set of priorities which you can view here. These priorities were our focus for the AGM held on 20th March. For details press here. A motion was agreed to consult on the structure and details of a new, more inclusive and robust association. For details please refer to the Big Poundbury Consultation.

The beautiful Dorset countryside, and historic sites such as Poundbury Camp and Maiden Castle, are all within walking distance of this part of Dorchester.

Parking is free in Poundbury, although we recommend walking, cycling or catching the bus from town as a more enjoyable, healthy and sustainable option. The street layout is designed to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists, and a 20mph limit is being discussed to make this a safer and more attractive mode of travel.

Poundbury is very much part of Dorchester. The town centre is within a 30 minute walk or a short bike or bus ride, and facilities include two cinemas, supermarkets and a wide range of restaurants and shops. The refurbished Dorset Museum is worth a visit, as are Borough Gardens (on a sunny day!). Residents living in other parts of town make good use of Poundbury facilities including the Great Field, Damers First School, the independent shops and cafes.

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