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
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
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
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.