The Committee of the Malmesbury & St Paul Without Residents' Association
wish to congratulate the MNSG on their work producing such a coherent and well
reasoned draft Plan. Strategic Planning invariably requires the balancing of
competing interests and thus we accept that the Plan is unlikely to please
everyone, however we believe this document provides an excellent basis upon
which to build an acceptable consensus that will provide benefit to the
community over the lifetime of the Plan. Specifically we support the Criteria
and Scoring process for identifying preferred sites for housing, we also support
the allocation of housing to each site but with the caveat that every
opportunity should be taken, if windfall development comes forward before the
Plan is in its final version, to reduce the allocation to sites 6,10 and 11.
Further given the proximity of these sites to the excellent facilities at the
Primary Care Centre we would strongly recommend that the additional development
required to cater for the considerable increase in the Area's elderly population
is provided here with single storey independent living accommodation. The draft
Plan recognises that the results of the Neighbourhood Area-wide Survey carried
out by the MNSG indicates that there is majority support for a supermarket
in/close to the town that does not negatively impact the economic viability of
the High Street. We support this view and the process used for identifying and
evaluating potential sites for this additional retail/supermarket requirement.
Most critically the preferred site conforms with the requirements of the
Sequential Test, and although it is sited on the eastern edge of the
Conservation Area, we believe the very positive economic benefits, from linked
trips, that would flow from this site, more than outweigh the minor harm caused
by building in this area. This positive economic benefit could not be delivered
from the other less sequentially favourable sites, indeed the WC independent
retail report indicates considerable economic harm to the High Street if these
were selected. We also strongly endorse the identification of the need for
additional employment sites to support future housing development. The
identification through the scoring process is supported and we endorse the
proposal that further sites are needed in addition to the two sites identified
in the Wiltshire Council Core Strategy. Finally the need for an appropriate
amount of additional Primary School capacity on an extended existing site, along
with enhanced infrastructure facilities, is also supported provided these are
linked to the main housing site identified in the draft Plan.
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.