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Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan goes to Referendum on 27th November. What would a Yes vote mean? It would mean that Malmesbury would be part of the biggest change in planning policy history for generations.

 No longer would the developers here just come along and tell us what we’re going to get – they’ll actually have to listen and very strictly take into account what the community has put into its Neighbourhood Plan. No longer will it be all about what makes them the most profit, they’ll have to fit their plans into what the community needs and wants.

We know that Malmesbury is going to have more housing, with or without a Neighbourhood Plan; Wiltshire Council have already decided how many new houses Malmesbury is to have – it’s going to happen. Your Yes vote in the upcoming Referendum is your chance to make sure developers build what the community has said it wants, not simply that which provides the developer with the highest profit.

If the community votes Yes in the Referendum, when developers apply for planning permission in future, Wiltshire Council will use the Neighbourhood Plan in making planning decision, up to 2026. So…

A No vote means developers carry on as usual, building houses for maximum profit – that’s their business, after all.

A Yes vote means developers will be required to stick to the remit of building where, what and how the community has decided it needs and wants.

Malmesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan covers the three parishes of Malmesbury, St. Paul Without and Brokenborough and its policies include:

  • 170 new homes to be located south of Dyson, towards the Primary school, with a footbridge across the river
  • 50 new homes close to the Primary Care Centre, the majority as assisted living for the elderly
  • New housing in Corston and Milbourne to be limited to small numbers to protect rural village character
  • Planning applications will need to be justified against current demand levels
  • 50 new dwellings to be developed as Extra Care Housing on the old Burnham House site
  • Dementia-specific accommodation to be allowed on suitable sites
  • All new accommodation for older people has to be well connected to the town and sustainable
  • Guidance on eligibility factors for another new supermarket
  • Land for primary school expansion to be provided in step with housing development land
  • Primary school expansion has to be in step with the demand created by new housing
  • Design guide to ensure a high quality of design that respects the specific character of the town and area

Remember, developers can tell us whatever they like. Gleeson ‘sold’ themselves to the local community by telling us about their build quality and their commitment to Malmesbury and yet as soon as they got their planning permission they put the land straight onto the market and it has now been sold to an, as yet, undisclosed buyer.

The Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan makes sure that all developers adhere to some fantastic general principles that are designed to provide for the needs of our community and protect the specific character of our area.

For detailed information and to download the plan, please visit

For detailed information about how the plan has been developed, please visit

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