for the opportunity to comment on the draft Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan. I
visited the exhibition in Cedar House and have studied the plans online.
I am pleased that you are working towards a Neighbourhood Plan and seeking to plan ahead for
sustainable and suitable development within the Malmesbury area. This is an even
greater challenge in an old and attractive town such as
Potential sites for development numbers 6,10 and 11
These sites around the Malmesbury Primary Care Centre and Athelstan House would seem to be
unsuitable for the proposed development.
When Athelstan House was built great care was taken to design the outside of the
building to be in keeping with its surroundings, and to keep the height down
making it possible to view the hills behind it in the West. The outlook for the
residents was carefully thought out to be pleasing both with courtyards and
views further afield. What is currently a light and airy building could well
become dark and enclosed.
With the elderly and general population increasing a time may well come when both
Athelstan House and the Primary Care Centre need to expand, currently there is
space to do so.
There would appear to be two exit roads from the estate, one exiting onto the B 4042 on a
current well used foot path, emerging just below the brow of the hill. (Princes
Foundation Site Visioning: site_briefs__indicative_masterplan 4.jpg) Where I
understand that planning permission has previously been refused for building on
what is currently a patch of brambles adjacent to the foot path. On the grounds
that to have an additional exit so close to the brow of the hill was perceived
to be dangerous. This area of the B4042 already has several challenging exits
from driveways. This proposed new road is opposite a driveway and would seem to
be a dangerous choice for a new housing estate and one where many of the
proposed residents would be elderly. The second proposed exit is onto the A 429
where there has been an increase in the speed and volume of traffic over the
past few years especially since the Primary Care Centre went fully operational*.
There are currently several hazards on that stretch of road and drivers
frequently have problems exiting from the Primary Care Centre and other houses
on both sides of the road. There is also the very hazardous zebra crossing where
a small rise in the ground on approaching the roundabout can hide pedestrians
until the last moment without them being aware that they are in effect
invisible. It is possible to have a car stop at the crossing and to be in the
middle of the crossing and for a car travelling in the opposite direction
towards the roundabout to drive over the crossing and for the horrified driver
to realise too late that someone was on the crossing, it has happened to me. I
know of two recent road accidents one by the Primary Care Centre exit and one
by the crossing. How many more have there been on this small stretch of road?
To load this road with 100 extra cars from this possible development, perhaps
22 from the possible development behind East Cottage and perhaps 20 or more
from the Burton Hill School development (I am not sure whether the old school
building is being converted into flats as well as a proposed development of 10
dwellings which would mean that there could be more cars),
seems to be a great cause for concern and could create a dangerous
bottleneck in that area. On top of the car parking for 242 for the proposed
Waitrose supermarket. Making a potential increase in the traffic of around 384
During the recent wet period the A 429 flooded badly and water could be seen pouring out of
the drain on the East side of the road opposite the new entrance to Barton Hill
School, there seems to be a drainage issue in this area which needs to be
Site 10 is waterlogged, the water table may be very high. On the B 4042 a spring has
appeared which freezes over in winter and is hazardous for those with drives on
the South of the road. I understand that a relevant survey has not been carried
out for many years and so the council may not be aware of any changes in the
springs or water table.
Policy C3 of the adopted local plan requires that all development has to respect local
character and appearance of the area with regard to its design, size, scale,
density, massing, materials, siting and layout. It also requires new development
to avoid creating unacceptably low levels of privacy and amenities and avoid the
unacceptable loss of privacy and amenities to the detriment of the existing
occupiers in adjacent dwellings.*The proposed development would have a very
detrimental impact upon the houses backing onto plot 10 and all the plots upon
Sadly the open space for the proposed development seems to be the turning circle for the
Once one area has been developed it is much easier to build upon the adjoining area.
Currently the area by the Primary Care Centre is attractive and rural, the
building of around 100 very small houses would be completely out of keeping and
radically change the character of the area very much to Malmesbury’s detrement.
Quite contrary to the stated aims of the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan.
Proposed Waitrose Supermarket.
This would help to increase the urbanisation of the South East of Malmesbury, and could
well provide another challenge to our current two butchers, two bakers, two
ironmongers, the Wild Food Company to name just a few. The desire of the
residents to have a new supermarket whilst not harming the small shops in the
High Street would seem incompatible.
Whilst it would seem that great care has been taken to design a porous car parking area
for 242 cars to have that number of cars potentially turning right onto the A
429 would seem an additional hazard on this busy road. And could help to
increase the bottleneck effect
South of the roundabout by the Primary Care Centre.
The lighting information on the web site is very difficult to read, so I hope that should the
supermarket go ahead that every effort would be made to keep the impact of the
light pollution to an absolute minimum.
Deliveries, has there been an assessment with regard to potential hours and noise from
deliveries? Noise carries well, especially at night. Should lorries be allowed
to deliver at unsocial hours and
or leave their air conditioning on. Living in what has been a peaceful
rural town could become unbearable for many nearby and even residents who live further away.
Having walking access to a supermarket is good and is to be encouraged but few will
walk let alone bicycle. Most people will take their cars because even a sack of
potatoes is heavy when carried up a hill.
Allowing urban sprawl in this area with its likely attendant increase in traffic seems
incompatible with Councillor Simon Killane’s statement “We wish to make our
neighbourhood an even better place to live, work and visit. We wish to sustain
or enhance the beauty and vitality of our neighbourhood and make sure our
infrastructure is capable of supporting us” Made in his introduction to the
Draft Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan.
This area to The South East of Malmesbury currently has a pleasant rural feel to this very
special Market Town and every effort should be taken not to spoil this, but
rather for any development to enhance this. The proposed development for sites
6,10 and 11 make no positive contribution to this area of the town, but rather
increase the urbanisation and congestion to the South East entrance of this
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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