The neighbourhood plan is excellent and is
the first example I have ever come across where a community has got together to
decide what should be done rather than what shouldn’t be done.
There is one area that does give me
concern. It is now going to be relatively easy for a developer to put in a
proposal to build on areas that are approved in the neighbourhood plan. My
experience however it is a developer can produce lovely shiny glossy brochures
showing what the development will look like when finished but in reality once
outline permission is granted they frankly built more or less what they like.
Some years back I saw some beautiful brochures for the Lucent site but in the
end the development was quite different. As it happens I have no problem with
what has been built but in the end the community had no say whatsoever in the
type of buildings.
I’m not totally sure there’s enough attention has been put into ensuring that the community has a say in the type of
buildings that are erected. Of course we might want to be politically correct
and encourage social housing and affordable housing. Is this necessarily the
type of housing that benefits the community as a whole. I would suggest we try
and ensure that when a proposal is made to build that we as a community have
some say in the type of building so we don’t end up with 50 faceless houses to
the acre which would result in our being a dormitory town for Swindon, Bath and
other surrounding towns.
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.