We are pleased to hear that the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Steering Group have concluded the proposed Avon Mills site as “both preferred and deliverable” compared to four other sites that have been assessed in the MNSG site selection process. You can see the report by clicking here. Pages 61-70 are where you will find the information regarding our plans.
Following various conversations and consultations, we have submitted revised drawings to the council, who will share their views after 14 days. You can view the main revised drawings by clicking on the headings below.
You can view the full details on the council’s website
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
The high ground location of the proposed Waitrose site brings with it a responsibility to ensure that water from the site does not increase the chances of flooding in Malmesbury. The recent extreme weather and flooding in Malmesbury has highlighted the importance of this.
Simons and Waitrose take this responsibility seriously and have been working with the Environment Agency to ensure that our plans will not increase the flood risk, on or off the site.
Feedback from the Environment Agency
The Environment Agency confirmed our proposals comply with national planning guidance and that they are satisfied that the proposals will not increase flood risk, on or off the site. They have therefore raised no objection to the planning application, subject to standard conditions and informatives.
We would like to thank all those who attended our recent Information Day and those who have contacted us since. It was good to meet and get feedback from so many local residents. The event was held in Malmesbury Town Hall on Thursday 6th September 2012.
Over 200 people attended the Information Day, with more contacting us by telephone and email afterwards. Feedback was, on the whole, very positive with 83% of those who gave feedback being in support of our plans to bring Waitrose to Malmesbury.
The main two reasons for supporting our plans were the need for a suitably sized foodstore in
Malmesbury and because the proposals could bring more shoppers to the town centre, which would benefit the High Street shops.
It was clear from our discussions with local residents and through some of the recorded comments we received that people would like to see a decision on the application soon rather than wait until next spring at the earliest. Simons and Waitrose are dedicated to working with Wiltshire Council, Malmesbury Town Council, local businesses, the many groups and associations within the town and local residents to ensure that our proposal is right for Malmesbury.
The proposed shop would have a sales area of 18,000 sq ft (comparatively, Waitrose Cirencester is 26,268 sq ft and Tesco in Chippenham is 18,000 sq ft).
It would offer customers our latest range of food and drink comprising quality and value, including our Brand Price Commitment, which means we are the same price as Tesco on 1,000 everyday branded products.
The location is approximately 300 metres away from the town centre; close enough to encourage linked shopping trips.
The store would be primarily a food store, including meat, fish and deli/cheese counters; up to 15% of floor space would be non-food. It would not be selling TV’s, small electrical items, clothing or toys, nor would it include a pharmacy , a dry cleaning service or a Post Office.
We are putting together a series of measures designed to promote and support the town centre.
These would include promoting High Street shops through customer leaflets and a community board in the store.