"Dear Malmesbury Neighbourhood Steering Team Firstly thank you for all the hard work on the draft
neighbourhood plan. I do however, have a few comments: 1. Housing - appear to be
sensible solutions to our changing demography and pressure for more homes. Have
we explored how many vacant homes we have within our area, or unused farm
buildings that could be converted to the good of community not developers? I am
worried that we are proposing building houses all around the primary care
centre, as this doesn't allow for expansion in the future 2. Extra care
facilities - good that it is a central site, helping to keep people in the
communities of which they are a part. To reduce chance of isolation we need to
ensure that public services such as new bus stop provision are considered 3.
Expansion of the primary school - speaking as resident for 6 years who was
unable to secure a primary school place in town for our daughter, this needs to
be addressed, but lets look long term. It is no good just meeting the needs for
now and the new 200 houses, there is birth rate projection data available from
demographer based at County Hall / JSA data. We need a strategy not a sticking
plaster. In this section there is a factual inaccuracy it is not just people
moving into Malmesbury that struggle to get primary school places (page 43),
longer term residents don't get them either. 4. Supermarket - I am disappointed
at the decision in this document to give permission to develop a supermarket at
the Avon Mills site, despite strong local opposition and surprised that
developing a supermarket in Malmesbury was one of the core objectives. I am
aware of all the meetings and presentation on this issue and have attended some
events locally Despite the positive picture painted in this plan, only 60% of
people who responded to the community engagement had Avon Mills as a preferred
site and the majority of respondents wanted development to be on a brown field
site, which of course Avon Mills isn't This plan does not allow for adequate
consideration of the Gloucester Rd Co-Op site, what is the timeline for an
answer from this question and will this be before consultation period is ended?
If so maybe our consultation is premature, as we don't have all of the facts
before us. If we waited for this information then we could make an informed
decision about one site for a supermarket development. I don't think anyone
wanted 2 new supermarkets in the town? If the Avon Mills site does go ahead, we
must ensure that a) the flood mitigation measures are fully adhered to and there
is not simply a financial penalty if these are not delivered, but that the store
is prevented from opening until they are fully complaint. We do not have a good
track record of ensuring that planning permission conditions are delivered.
Surely this is not too much to ask after the winter we have just had. b) The 218
parking spaces at the Avon Mills site need to be free (at least for a couple of
hours). I believe from my reading cost of parking is one of the barriers as to
why people don't then pop into town, even if there is a free shuttle (I believe
this might be contrary to Wiltshire Council policy, so we will have to fight
this as a community). We also need to ensure that there is safe cycle parking on
site (with CCTV). Can the hours of operation of the car park be clarified, as
this affects neighbourhood security. 5. section on health and well being -
could we lift something from community area profiles
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.