The following comments relate to the latest (March) draft Neighbourhood Plan and
associated public information sessions: We continue to have grave concerns about
the volume and density of housing proposed for the three identified sites to the
south west of Swindon Road, and urge that this is revisited. We understand that
a proposal is now on the table for significant additional housing at Cowbridge,
and support this as a logical extension of the substantial existing development
there. In addition, we are firmly of the view that the Gleeson application can
not but be approved in line with the Inspector's decision. We believe that these
two factors justify consideration of a significant scaling down of the current
proposal for some 100 units in the Swindon Road/Athelstan House hinterlands.
This would have the additional benefit of greatly reducing potential extra
traffic generation on to the already very busy A429. While, like many people,
we would welcome in principle a Waitrose supermarket for the town, we do not
believe the site proposed is logical when a rather more environmentally
acceptable, brownfield alternative is available. Although we accept the
hypothetical figures which have been put forward for efficacy of ground water
dispersal from the Silk Mills site, we do not share the Steering Group's
optimism that these will be achieved over the long term, given that multiple
agencies will presumably be involved in management. The Crudwell Road site poses
no such problem, and is arguably much more conveniently placed to absorb the
extra traffic generation involved. (It would presumably also result in a new
roundabout at a very dangerous junction).
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.