Developer's 180-home proposal for Malmesbury refused

A plan to build 180 homes in Malmesbury has been refused by Wiltshire Council.

Gleeson Strategic Land's proposed development at land south of Filands was turned down following the recommendation of local councillors.

Concerns were raised over infrastructure planning and inadequate provisions for affordable housing.

Councillor Simon Killane said it was a "great decision" which demonstrated the effectiveness of the council's new neighbourhood planning initiative.

The authority has adopted a country-wide government scheme which gives communities more power over planning decisions in their area.

Mr Killane said: "We've looked at the Localism Bill and seen the opportunity to become neighbourhood planners.

"We've worked within the system with all the groups concerned and used that as part of our defence against developers making speculative plans."

In a statement, a spokesperson for Gleeson Strategic Land said: "We are naturally disappointed with this outcome as we have been working very closely with council planners and the community to develop a sustainable housing scheme that meets the accommodation needs of local people, in particular, much needed low-cost and social housing provision."

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