Knockroon Vision and Masterplan
In July 2007, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, put together a rescue package in conjunction with the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland and the Prince’s Charities to save Dumfries House and its contents from being sold at auction. Dumfries House is situated between Auchinleck and Cumnock in East Ayrshire. Knockroon Farm formed part of the estate, and there was an opportunity to consider developing this land to strengthen links between Dumfries Estate, Cumnock and Auchinleck.
A five day Enquiry by Design (EbD) was held in Cumnock by The Prince’s Foundation in February 2008 to explore potential options. A vision emerged of a sustainable urban extension to Cumnock, or, in everyday language, a new neighbourhood that would be designed and built to last.
Knockroon is not just another housing estate. It is a neighbourhood incorporating homes, shops to serve local and daily needs and workplaces for people who wish to start small businesses.