Prince Charles accused of introducing ‘terrifying’ draconian rules in Cornwall village

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Nansledan is a new town near Newquay, Cornwall, built on land belonging to the Prince of Wales’ estate, the Duchy of Cornwall. But anyone looking to move to the 540-acre build, which will house some 4,000 people, will have to abide by a number of strict rules.

Residents of the Nansledan community will have to adhere to 85 rules, including bans on flags, ball games, and even plastic blinds.

The rules, outlined in a 38-page handbook, have been put in place to “protect the character” of the new town.

Other requirements include bans on satellite dishes, awnings and external drainage pipes.

Residents will also only be allowed to place bins in their front gardens on collection day.

They will also be banned form slamming doors and have to follow strict rules on where they can place their house numbers.

The rules are outlined in the book dubbed the ‘Design and Community Code’ and ban residents from altering the doors, windows or colours of the external walls of the property.

The handbook states: “Colours must accentuate the seaside character of the area.”

Fast-food chains have also been prohibited from the town.

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Peter Kelly, an urban planner, commented on the “terrifying” rule book.

He wrote on Twitter: “Have a read of the very strict design and social code for Prince Charles’s latest toy town – Nansledan.

“It’s pretty terrifying.

“No flags in windows or on walls, satellite dishes, caravans, repairing of vehicles or washing lines allowed…”

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The rules are understood to have been set by the Duchy of Cornwall, not by the Prince himself.

The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate established in 1337 which funds the public, charitable and private activities of the Prince of Wales and his family.

Properties built at Nansledan will mirror 1930s architecture and will be built from local slate.

The project was started in 2013 and will be completed by 2025.

It is one of the biggest projects the Duchy of Cornwall has undertaken in centuries.

The town is set to provide affordable housing, shops, leisure and community facilities and green spaces.

Nansledan will help meet the future needs of Newquay and strengthen the local economy.

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