Malmesbury residents vote on homes plan

A ballot has been held in part of Wiltshire to give people the chance to influence where new homes and businesses should be built.

For the past two years, people living in Malmesbury have been putting together their own neighbourhood plan.

Residents were asked if the document should be used by Wiltshire Council when judging planning applications.

The vote took place in Malmesbury, St Paul Malmesbury Without and Brokenborough on Thursday evening.

Simon Killane, who chairs the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan, said: "It's a community saying these are the best places you can nominate for the environmental, the development needs and the local needs of the town.

"These are the best places... and this is how we think you should design, build and lay them out."

But BBC West political reporter Paul Barltrop described the plan as "really just an appendix to existing democratic mechanisms".

He said: "Many of the people involved with the Malmesbury plan are town councillors so it gives them a little bit more influence or say.

"But by no means would I say it is an absolute revolution."

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