I wrote to you about my concern with the selection of the land next to Avon Mills as a
suggested site for a supermarket and I now question the suggestion that the land
around Athelstan House should be selected for additional housing.
The access to both housing and the supermarket sites is via T-junctions on the busy A429
trunk road. In order that traffic should flow freely and safely it is important not to introduce barriers that
will create the opposite effect. Another three T-junctions on the A429 are barriers to free flowing
traffic and will provide hazards for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. I speak from personal experience as for
11 years my Malmesbury home had direct access onto the A429.
If it is in your plan to provide additional housing at the East of the town then the
Cowbridge site is not finished and can provide additional housing without the
need for direct access onto the A429.
The assessment of the suitability of the sites has been carried out by a small group
of people scoring on a novel set of criteria. This whole process is too subjective
and open to different interpretation by different individuals.
If another set of people were to carry out the assessment they may
produce a completely different set of results. You have held much store by the
acceptance of the criteria from your feedback forms but only 177 people
responded and the survey forms were only sent to 50% of the people affected by
I am in favour of a Neighbourhood Plan and grateful for the work done by the team so far
but the final plan must be based on an objective set of criteria that are easier
to understand and accept. Therefore I would vote NO to the plan as it currently stands.
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.