MNSG Draft Neighbourhood Plan - Supermarkets
I feel that the selection of the Avon Mills site as the preferred option is flawed for the
1. The document states that the Garden centre site is Greenfield land.
This is false as the definition of Greenfield land is “undeveloped land
either used for agriculture, landscape or left naturally to evolve”. The site doesn’t fit any of these
criteria and therefore cannot be classed as a Greenfield site.
It can better be described as a Brownfield site and therefore preferable
land on which to build a supermarket.
2. The Avon
Mills site is in the flood zone and if building is allowed on the land it will
increase the flooding risk to the properties situated in the area at the bottom
of the High Street. If building is
allowed on this site and the surface water is to be discharged upstream from St
John’s Bridge then the developer should be made responsible for rebuilding the
bridge to remove a bottleneck in the river. There are no such issues with the
Garden Centre site and therefore on flooding issues it is preferable to build a
supermarket on the Garden Centre site.
3. There is no comparison of traffic access to the sites. The Garden Centre site has a proposed
roundabout access, which not only gives a safe access to the site but also
solves a long term problem with the existing junction at Filands.
The Avon Mills site proposed access is yet another T- junction with the
A429 trunk road and will increase the accident risks on this road as
demonstrated by the accident record at the existing T- junction of Filands and
the A429. For traffic access it is
therefore preferable to build a supermarket on the Garden Centre
4. The Garden Centre site will not alter the existing views of the Abbey from the
approach roads. The site at Avon
Mills will. No amount of
landscaping will hide a large Supermarket building and if built will completely
alter the approaches to the town of Malmesbury. It will be ’Welcome to Waitrose’ rather
than ‘Welcome to Malmesbury’. For
the preservation of the views of the historic town and abbey it is therefore
preferable to build a supermarket on the Garden Centre
5. Great emphasis is placed on the fact that the Avon Mills site is within 20 minutes
walking distance of the town centre.
This ignores the topography of the route which contains a massive flight
of stairs and a steep hill. In
reality the criterion for linked journeys will not therefore be achieved for
either of the proposed supermarket
I believe that for the above reasons the preferred site for a supermarket is at the Garden
Centre and not Avon Mills.
Malmesbury Neighbourhood Steering Group
What others are saying about our Draft Neighbourhood Plan Over 500 residents have already looked at the draft plan. These are the comments that they have made about it.
Our consultation runs from the 5th of March 2013 to April 26th 2013. These are the published comments received up to 08/03/13.
All comments below were submitted to this online feedback portal. We hold the identity and addresses for each submission and have decided not to publish them unless specifically requested by the person who submitted them.