The MNSG states that we must “protect and enhance heritage and landscape of the area”. This isn’t achieved by building a new supermarket on a greenfield site adjacent to a listed/historic building and introducing a major traffic /safety issue on a busy town by-pass. This is even more the case when there is a brownfield development site already available, with existing traffic infrastructure in place that could be improved as part of a detailed development proposal.
The MNSG set great importance on the involvement of the Prince’s Trust. A recent quote from Prince Charles (Countryfile: Sunday 10th March) stated: “Our countryside is as precious as any cathedral and we should look after it”.
I don’t see how this mantra is upheld by forever ruining the Avon Mills site and land adjacent.
One of the MNSG’s stated aims is that the town should not be at the mercy of national
developers. Fair enough.
In fact, they state that “we wish to sustain or enhance the beauty and vitality of our
This would be best achieved by supporting small scale/discrete multiple developments, but
this is not the choice that they are proposing to give the town.
In selecting such a (currently) limited number of (individually) large sites, the MNSG is
ensuring that only National Developers will have the means to purchase and
develop the land in question.
Despite the existence of the Design Guide, if National Developers are
involved with 1 or 2 large sites to develop, their proposals for design/density
are almost certain to prevail given that no other sites will be available for
development. For the planners, it will become a fait-accompli.
The plan would have much greater strength if a larger number of smaller scale plots were
(a) it will encourage a larger number of small to medium size
will encourage higher quality building
(c) it will
represent a more community /neighbourhood shared solution to the housing
requirements which must be met rather than creating significant localised impact
on countryside, drainage and traffic.
It would also represent a less polarising result for the town and ensure
a much higher turnout come the final
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.