Malmesbury Neighbourhood plan?
There are a number of factors that need to be considered with respect to the future path of our Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan. These include the eagerly awaited outcome of the Park Road appeal that is currently in the hands of government, the impact of the Gleeson decision on infrastructure and existing strategic site selections, the sustainability of school expansion proposals that reflect increased housing numbers, the impact of the Dyson expansion and the requirements of the governments requirement for several thousand more house as part of the Wiltshire County strategic plan. Members of the steering group, supported by planning officers and elected representatives, are trying to work our way through each of these elements to make sure that we have a plan that survives the recent setback with the Gleeson decision, is acceptable to the majority of residents, is defendable in planning law and addresses all the growth challenges that are being thrown at us. We must also make sure that the plan meets the requirements of the independent examination and that we have proposals to mitigate any issues the independent inspector may raise. My key concern is that we close down the ability for speculative developers to further undermine our community led decision making aspirations by gaining approvals based on the fact that we haven't actually got a completed and ratified plan. This is why we must push ahead with the independent examination as soon as we can. The independent inspector has now been selected and work is facilitate his requirements for the examination is underway. The examination may bring issues to the surface that we will need to address to allow the referendum to take place. A successful examination, with or without amendments to satisfy the inspector, will allow the plan to go ahead to referendum. I envisage that, if all goes well, we will have our referendum before the end of this year. The referendum will consist of a simple YES or NO to the plan and will include all electors in our Designated Neighbourhood Area
Chair of Malmesbury Neighbourhood Steering Group
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