Lords of the manors

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FOL­LOW­ING The Prince of Wales’s lead at Pound­bury, Dorset, a num­ber of the coun­try’s big­gest landown­ers will build thou­sands of new homes on their es­tates. Wood­stock, an Ox­ford­shire mar­ket town, will dou­ble in size when the Duke of Marl­bor­ough (dubbed the ‘Duke of Mor­tar’) com­pletes his 1,600 houses in the shadow of Blen­heim Palace and an­other 2,000 are planned for land partly be­long- ing to Burgh­ley House, Lin­colnshire —both projects will be over­seen by Hugh Pet­ter, di­rec­tor at ADAM Ar­chi­tec­ture, who worked on Pound­bury.

In ad­di­tion, 4,000 new homes will pop up at Rock­ing­ham Cas­tle, Northamp­ton­shire, and 6,000 will form a vil­lage north of Fare­ham, Hamp­shire, on land from two fur­ther es­tates.

The news, in the Blen­heim area at least, has re­ceived a mixed re­sponse.

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