Gleeson’s bid to build in Malmesbury succeeds in spite of local opposition
by Pritpal Singh Swarn
on September 25 2014
The potential for conflict between the national need for more housing (encapsulated in the National Planning Policy Framework) and the desire to give local communities a voice in development on their doorstep was brought into sharp focus by a dispute arising from an application by Gleeson to build 180 houses on the outskirts of Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Gleeson’s proposed development had entered the planning pipeline before Malmesbury had produced its draft Neighbourhood Plan which, when published, opposed the planned site of the development. This opposition caught the attention of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) - but only after he had already allowed the case to be determined by the Planning Inspector. What then followed was almost worthy of an episode of ‘Yes, Minister’.