I am in general agreement with the Draft Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan but make the
Section 1 -
Housing in the right places.
To spread the load, occasional houses (as distinct from estates) would be acceptable in
villages or even outside villages, eg a development at a
farm.Would it be possible to impose covenants requiring occupancy at least 200 days per year
(say) to prevent housing from being taken for second homes by those with first
homes outside the area?
Section 3 -
A prosperous town centre
Top priority is removal of the road humps. Hump damage is cumulative and a major cause of
single vehicle fatal accidents. Small environmentally friendly cars are the
worst affected. Parking charges are also an irritation. For these two reasons I
avoid the centre of Malmesbury, perhaps driving in only a couple of times a
year. (The last time was because of a traffic diversion following an accident on
the bypass.) In the real world, most families use cars and I am one of those
prepared to drive further to reach places which are more welcoming.
The north - south route through the area from Cirencester to Salisbury is poor and needs
upgrading. An easy hit when finances permit would be an eastern bypass for
Corston (possibly extended to improve the railway underpass and Hullavington
turn problem points), just 1km long with the Gauze Brook crossing as the only
structure needed. This line should be preserved when any planning is
undertaken.This area has a railway line but lies midway between two stations 58km apart. There is a
need to reinstate Hullavington station to serve Malmesbury, just as there are
calls for a station on the same line at Royal Wootton Bassett. First Great
Western are opposed to anything detracting from what they would prefer to run as
a purely inter city service but, with the franchise coming up for renewal, the
support of other potential operators should be sought for a service for
significant towns on this line, notwithstanding the current expenditure on
electrification and Reading station
There is a need for an evening bus service. The hourly daytime service by Andybus is
adequate but it ceases about 6pm. A bus to collect from trains arriving at
Chippenham around 11pm would be valuable, perhaps with an intermediate
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.
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