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Prince's plans take shape
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Prince Charles wants houses to be built of traditional materials
Plans for a new town to be built on Duchy of Cornwall land at Britain's surf capital are being prepared for public consultation.

More than 1,000 homes are to be built on the 250-acre site at Newquay, along with a Catholic primary school and a railway station, according to the proposals.

The Duchy of Cornwall, which owns half of the land, is in talks with 14 other landowners, the Regional Development Agency and Restormel Borough Council to decide details of the development.

A spokeswoman for the Duchy of Cornwall said a public consultation over the proposals, dubbed 'Surfbury' by locals, would be launched in March.

Houses would be built using local materials and labour in the same way as the Prince of Wales's model village Poundbury in Dorset.

Affordable housing

"We are wanting to use local products like granite and slate which we are likely to find in the area," she said.

Phil Randall, strategic development officer at Restormel Borough Council, said a planning application would follow the public consultation.

"We will be insisting on a very high proportion of affordable housing for the people of Newquay and their children so the houses are not just bought by wealthy people from other parts of the country," he said.

The area's local plan states that 1,095 new homes will be built on the site.

Building work is expected to start on the project next year.

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