It is my view that the draft Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan, parts I & II is
an extremely well researched, evidenced and produced document. It is clear from
reading the evidence base that the recommendations for housing,
retail/supermarket, employment and school provision are reasonable and well
balanced. The siting of housing development will always be a contentious issue
but I support the recommendation for the main housing site at Site 3a It seems
reasonable to locate housing in this area with its vehicular access away from
the town and good pedestrian and cycle access to the town facilities to the
south. I also support the development located in Burton Hill, however Sites 6,
10 & 11 have a unit allocation that is at the very top end of acceptable. I
would wish to see every opportunity taken to reduce this allocation. Further,
given the need to provide suitable accommodation for the planned steep rise in
the elderly population in the Neighbourhood Area I would like to see these sites
earmarked for low level, independent-living units. In respect of the site
identified for another supermarket, I believe the preference for the Avon Mills
site is the correct one as it has been based upon strictly planning policies
alone. The site is sequentially preferable given no town centre site is
available, also the probable economic benefit to the High Street through linked
trips cannot be ignored as the Neighbourhood Survey indicated the majority of
respondents would only support a new retail store if it did not economically
damage the town. Although the site is on the edge of the Conservation Area, it
is my view that on balance the minimal harm to the CA by developing this site in
a sympathetic way is more than outweighed by the economic benefits to the town.
The site is bounded on its eastern edge by the A429, a national arterial route.
Further, the site was identified in the MCAMP as a potential site for a car park
thus providing further evidence of the lack of CA quality of this particular
site. Finally, I believe the site will be attractive to many of the residents of
the smaller villages to the south and southeast of Malmesbury thereby validating
the linked trip concept. I also support the educational plan to provide
additional capacity on an existing site linked to the main housing development
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.