Welcome to the community website for Poundbury in Dorchester.

Information about the next steps for those interested in the various projects discussed at recent community workshops will be emailed by early December. The latest update on the Big Conversation can be viewed here.

Our upgraded Community Directory is now live. This is in response to feedback asking for a central location for information about all the great things happening in Poundbury and support for when things are tough. If you can provide additional information about a group or information source, let us know.

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The Big Poundbury Conversation taking place over Summer 2023 shows 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 will report back on findings and make recommendations in Autumn 2023.

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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