Having read the Neighbourhood Plan, I would
agree that a considerable amount of time and effort would appear to have been
spent on it, however it is a shame that it is such a deeply flawed document
which would not appear to stand up to any sort of scrutiny. It is
interesting to note that, with few exceptions, objections to the plan submitted
on the MNSG site are cogent, evidence based arguments, whereas the pro-MNSG
comments tend to be devoid of substance or evidence and are of the "I
think it's really good" variety.
Certain individuals in Malmesbury who
should have known better have courted Waitrose and encouraged them to
consider building a supermarket next to a listed building in a conservation
area. This idea should have been dismissed out of hand immediately.
I suspect that, if Waitrose instead of Sainsbury's had secured the Nurdens
site when the original horse trading was taking place, the prospect of a
Waitrose on this site would have elicited a far more
favourable response from those within Malmesbury who consider themselves to
have power and influence.
Goal posts have been moved in order to
promote the potential building sites and supermarket of choice, in as much as
the scoring system for the various sites has been inflated or deflated in a
shameless fashion depending on what suits the MNSG's objectives.
Similarly, the MNSG have deemed the Sainsbury's site to be greenfield in order
to negate any advantage that the site may have had over Waitrose's preferred
site, although the Sainsbury's site has previously been deemed to be a
brownfield site due to the existing garden centre thereon. A plan to build
high density housing in the Burton Hill area has been devised in order that the
Waitrose plan appear more sustainable, despite the fact that this would totally
envelop a care home which was built on the edge of Malmesbury specifically
to ensure that those elderly and poorly members of our community spend
their last years in peace and tranquility. This is an area which is
already a traffic blackspot with potentially fatal consequences, and which
has significant existing drainage issues even without the prospect of further
All in all, this is a plan which stands up to absolutely no scrutiny whatsover, and has been designed to suit the
objectives of a few. It should be rejected out of hand.
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.
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