"For years derided as a feudal Disneyland, where Prince Charles could play at being planner like Marie Antoinette with her toy hamlet in Versailles, this supposed ghost town feels increasingly like a real place," the Guardian’s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright says.
Poundbury "boasts the kind of houses most British people like, even if Brutalist architects are a bit sniffy", a leader column in the Daily Telegraph says. "Poundbury is a place to walk about with pleasure. If anyone can build better, let them try," it adds.
"Manchester’s experiment in local democracy deserves a chance to show the rest of Britain the way forward", the director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, writes in the Guardian. He says: "The Manchester experiment must be given a fair opportunity to succeed or fail, because local democracy is too important to be at the mercy of vendettas or changing fashions in planning policy, especially when instability plagues national politics in Britain. A strong mayor, with the right powers and resources, might yet rediscover the civic virtues that Manchester’s town hall continues to embody. They might also be the most credible example for municipalities elsewhere."
Public support for fracking "has fallen to its lowest level, according to a government survey", the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that "despite efforts by ministers to promote the extraction of shale gas as a way to boost the economy, only 17 per cent of the 2,080 households questioned expressed their support, compared with a third who opposed it, many of whom cited environmental concerns".