Many thanks indeed to the Steering Group team for the many hours spent on our behalf in
putting this all together and then explaining it all to us.
You have done a fantastic job and are to be congratulated.
I make the following comments:-
Despite initial scepticism I have been persuaded by members of the Steering
Group that there are sound reasons to accept additional housing located on plots
3a & 15. However if we have to build only 261 houses by 2026 having built 499 since 2006 I do not believe that
building on these final 261 should begin for another 10 years. If we fulfill our
quota early there is a danger that the numbers will be increased.
Housing Mix – I agree that provision for the elderly and low cost housing for the young and
single must be included as a priority.
Shopping – I am totally in favour of the Waitrose proposal for the land behind Avon Mills
provided that the site is suitably landscaped to safeguard the visual approach
to Malmesbury and the peace and privacy of nearby residents.
Waitrose would attract shoppers from a wide area and, assuming that
Malmesbury High Street comprised good quality shops and that parking was
available, could bring increased prosperity to our High Street shops.
Diversified Local Economy – I remain to be
convinced that Dyson Limited is contributing to the local economy as an
employer. My understanding is that
the Dyson workforce arrives and leaves by car every day and spends very little
in the town. I do not agree that
there is any need to allow the Dyson premises to be expanded to the west and the
reasons being put forward to justify a buffer zone seem spurious.
I would support the provision of a Technology Park which should ideally
be sited at the Nurden Garden Centre on the Crudwell Road.
The main areas of my concern for future development
are:-That we do not permit building on river flood plains
That any development includes the means of access & egress directly from the Tetbury
/Cirencester roads without
increasing traffic through the middle of Malmesbury
That more provision is made for parking to enable access to the High Street shops. However, varied and attractive the
shops may be the High Street will never thrive if inaccessible.
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.