The MNSG place great significance on the involvement of the Princes Trust in underpinning their plan for residential sit development. Yet, the Princes Trust makes no mention of the Burton Hill / Swindon Road site, let alone its suitability to tak such large scale development. In fact, the Princes trust report identifies the Backbridge site as the prime location
To quote an MNSG member at the recent Town Council meeting, the MNSG are “pushing hard” for
the Burton Hill development. I don’t believe it is for the MNSG members to push hard on any particular site
because this creates a bias in the consultation process. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to conclude that pushing plots 10, 11 and 6 is a tactic aimed at supporting the MNSG’s also highly biased support of the Avon Mills Supermarket site.
Specific to the proposals for Burton Hill/Swindon Road, there are significant groundwater,
drainage and traffic safety issues to consider. This should be considered in light of:
- Repetitive flooding on the A429 outside Burton Hill school.
- 2 serious flooding incidents this winter at the Avon Mills/St John’s Street/Lower High Street area.
- Diversion of an underground water spring on Swindon Road Hill (note the constant flow of water downhill on the B4042 from 1 Manor Cottage downwards).
- The B4042 being highlighted as the worst road in Malmesbury for speeding.
Traffic (and resultant road safety) are major factors to consider in the Burton Hill/Swindon
Road region of the town. The A429 and B4042 are already major through routes and commuter routes.
Adding the level of housing proposed will simply make a bad and dangerous situation even worse.
These are all known issues that are being all too readily glossed over by the MNSG.
I, like many, commend the notion of the Neighbourhood plan.
However, concerns stated even within the MNSG as regards inaccuracies and
fundamental errors in the scoring/weighting of potential sites, allied to the
extreme bias that is being shown towards certain regions of the town for
development seriously undermine the value and eventual outcome of the whole
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.