Wiltshire Council planning area team leader, Tracy Smith, has written to both Waitrose and Sainsbury’s informing them that their proposals for supermarkets in Malmesbury will not be decided until Malmesbury has completed its Neighbourhood Plan. The case for deferring any decision was outlined in letters to both applicants. This means that the Council will not make a decision on either application until May 2013 at the earliest.
This decision clearly demonstrates the importance that council planning experts associate with our neighbourhood planning initiative. The old “developer led” way of doing things is dead in Malmesbury and a new “community led” era of development can now shape what is best for our neighbourhood.
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