I have some strong concerns over the
creation of this Draft Neighbourhood Plan and, as a consequence, the move to a
local planning process in general. The NP feels like a done deal already and
this subsequent "consultation process" something of a
How exactly is the MNSG Plan any better
than the Gleeson plan, which was at least considered objectively by senior
government ministers without their
own personal agendas, who considered it appropriate for development (before it
was put on hold)?
The selected sites seem to have been
subjectively identified some time ago, with the criteria and scoring system
designed to support their selection. I have no confidence that this is
a totally objective scoring system which would stand up to professional
scrutiny. Why not use an
independent system devised by experts, and scored by those without personal
Building 170 homes at Backbridge or 100 at
Burton Hill simply means Malmesbury sprawls into open countryside in two more
different directions. Filands is
already developed and has ease of access, something the proposed sites don't
In terms of a referendum, the many people
who live near Filands and Reeds Farm, and indeed those who live near a possible
site which is not selected, will be more in favour of Backbridge and Burton Hill
development as it has least impact on them. This is human nature - a slightly
different form of "nimbyism”. The views of the smaller number of people in the
selected site areas will be outvoted by those who naturally want to protect
their own surroundings.
Again, I'm not sure how this makes the process fair and
There seems to have been a singular lack if
consultation with those most directly impacted by the MNSG Plan although
consultation has taken place with developers such as Persimmon? Flooding already
impacts Park Road residents, and building large numbers of houses at Backbridge
could make this even worse. How
exactly will the site be accessed and will this necessitate building roads,
impacting more residents.
Why is the Plan promoting large scale
sprawling development, and not a series of smaller developments which wouldn't
be so intrusive for residents and be more in keeping with the character of
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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