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Prince shows off village vision

The construction of Poundbury, Dorset, began in 1993

Prince Charles led dignitaries around the village he created in Dorset as he promoted his vision of urban planning.

The prince took guests, including Luxembourg ambassador Hubert Worth, around Poundbury on Friday.

He told them about the "enormous" housing pressures across the world and said they should not sacrifice beauty for high numbers of homes.

The village is an extension to Dorchester and was built by the prince to encourage greener ways of living.

He told the group, which also included former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith MP, that he stood at nearby Maiden Castle, looked back at his land and knew he wanted to create something beautiful.

"This is about reducing the dependence on cars and putting the pedestrian at the centre of community development," he said.

Charles then led a tour around Poundbury and stopped to chat with a few of the locals.

Stacey Brook, 32, who has lived in the village for three years, said: "He asked if I shop locally and he asked if it was nice living in Poundbury and I said: 'Of course'."

Poundbury is expected to be fully completed by 2025 with housing for about 5,000 people and creating 2,000 jobs in the factories, offices and general facilities across the site.

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