Overall an excellent and professional document with much to commend not least the
tremendous effort involved in producing it. My concern is with the apparent
difference of approach to development within an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty ( AONB ) and a Conservation Area ( CA ) without any expaination being
given. My understanding is that CAs have a greater degree of protection against development
under the planning process than AONBs. Indeed there are numerous examples of
CAs within AONBs thus giving the CAs greater protection than they already have
by reason of lying within an AONB alone. Under your document 'Housing and
Supermarket Site Selection Site Scores ' housing sites 17 and 4 ( 4 being land
to the rear of Bloomfield House and 17 land SW of Sherston Road/Parklands )
are entirely discounted from the site selection process on the single basis
that they are within the AONB.In respect of the Supermarket selection the Avon
Mills site is allowed to be fully considered as part of the selection process
despite it being within the Town's CA. It is of course outside of the AONB but
as I have said CAs have greater protection from development than AONBs.
Development of many types including housing within AONBs is hardly unusual
and indeed sustainable development within an AONB is actually encouraged -
especially for housing and business. I would welcome an explanation of the logic
behind these seemingly conflicting decisions for these sites .
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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