CONFIRMED: Plans to relocate Salisbury Library

Maltings Traveoldge Library Planning Application January 2019

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:39am 9th January 2019.

An application's gone in to build new facilities on the corner of Fisherton Street and Malthouse Lane, including a new hotel, gym and restaurant.

This is the first phase of the huge redevelopment of the Maltings area of Salisbury city centre.

If planning goes ahead, the existing building that housed the Original Factory Store and the British Heart Foundation shop will be knocked down.

They'll be replaced by an 86 bedroom Travelodge hotel, a new library, a gym, and a restaurant.

Empty former British Heart Foundation Homestore on Fisherton Street, Salisbury
The site which is being redeveloped on the corner of Fisherton Street and Malthouse Lane

A decision on the planning application's expected by the Spring.

Details of the other phases of the scheme are due to be released later this year.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council, said:

"I am delighted that we have been able to bring forward proposals on this initial phase of the Maltings regeneration so soon after the terrible events that took place in Salisbury in March last year.

"This proposal will deliver important change in this location and will help bring more visitors to our beautiful city.

"It will also allow us to relocate the library into a new purpose-built facility so enhancements to Market Walk and the further phases of the city's transformation can progress."

TRAVELODGE TO TAKE ON NEW HOTEL

It's been confirmed that the hotel chain would open up their latest site in Salisbury city centre, if the scheme gets the go ahead.

Marcus Langlands Pearse of developers TH Real Estate said:

"We have worked hard to bring forward an application on this site to help accelerate the delivery of regeneration within Salisbury city centre.

"We have secured Travelodge as our operator for the hotel and are excited that they have chosen Salisbury as a location for the early roll-out of their premium Travelodge-plus brand.

"We have reflected this in the design, which uses high quality materials and an architect-led approach that respects the historic city-scape of Salisbury and will bring a new vibrancy to this part of Fisherton Street and the nearby cultural quarter.

"We are looking forward to continue our work, in consultation with the community, to bring forward further phases of this transformational regeneration project."

The Original Factory Shop in Priory Square is open
The back of the site which could become a library, hotel, gym and restaurant

WHAT NEXT FOR THE MALTINGS?

The wider plans for the shopping area are set to include a redevelopment of the current Library site and the Market Walk.

There'll also be changes to the 'public spaces' in the Maltings.

Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP said:

"This Government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future.

"With £6 million investment from the Local Growth Fund, an historic part of Salisbury City Centre is being brought back to life and fit for the needs of modern city dwellers and visitors alike. With this regeneration comes vital new jobs and investment opportunities too, which is just what this wonderful city needs as it seeks to attract more people to its local charms."

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