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Duchy 'ignored planning report'
Poundbury residents had said the flats were "poorly designed"
People living in the Prince of Wales' "model village" have accused the Duchy of Cornwall of ignoring a planning report into a proposed development.

Residents said fresh plans for a block of flats at Poundbury, Dorset, are almost identical to those rejected after an appeal hearing last year.

West Dorset District Council said it was discussing the new drawings with the Duchy and the developers.

It said it has advised them to engage residents in the Jubilee Court plans.

Poundbury Residents Opposed to Density (Prod) was formed by villagers to battle what they describe as the "poorly designed" flats.

Inevitably there are instances where schemes raise strong passions both ways
Andrew Martin, planning officer

Spokesman Glenys Jones said: "We find it utterly astonishing that having lost a very high profile public inquiry, the Duchy of Cornwall appear unable to accept that quite major changes are required to their planned use of this small parcel of infill land."

She said the new scheme was "virtually unchanged from the failed plans".

An appeal against two sets of plans, which included up to 31 flats, two shops and parking, was rejected in December 2005.

Andrew Martin, council planning officer, said: "The key message we have been trying to get over to the Duchy and Woodpecker Properties is we hope that they will be able to engage with the residents and try to address as many of their concerns as they are able to.

"Inevitably there are instances where schemes raise strong passions both ways."

Poundbury was conceived by the prince to inspire town planning and design, after he criticised modern architecture.

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