Salisbury's Maltings redevelopment plans changed

Salisbury's Maltings redevelopment plans changed

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:53am 13th June 2019. (Updated at 6:17am 13th June 2019)

Developers have revised plans centred around the library after consultation with local groups and the community.

Architects revealed the new plans for the first phase of the Maltings redevelopment this week (10th June) at Salisbury City Council's Planning Committee.

WHAT IS BEING REDEVLOPED?

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 in what's essentially a 'contemporary' building.

The library and gym would be on the ground floor with the hotel on the first, second and third floors.

WHAT'S CHANGED:

There were concerns about the size of the library, which has now been addressed by the architects.

The original building was nearly 6,000sq ft - the altered plans show a larger facility over 9,500sq ft.

The revised design also improves the external appearance of the building with a large brick panel area now removed from the plans.

The architects have also stressed the proposals would not impact on the views of the Cathedral.

revised maltings plans
The revised drawings

Salisbury City Council say they're now happy with the changes and support the development..

A spokesperson for SCC said

"The City Council is pleased to note that the architects have listened to public concerns expressed during the consultation period and have improved the design of the building, including increasing the size of the Library, so that residents can look forward to a modern, fit-for-purpose library for all ages in Salisbury."

Wiltshire Council says it's "pleased" Salisbury City Council has chosen to support the developer's revised planning application.

Pauline Church, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and South Wiltshire Recovery, said it's an important project for the future of our city.

"These plans will help Wiltshire Council and its development partners unlock the redevelopment of Market Walk by enabling the library to relocate to a new, purpose-built facility on Fisherton Street, alongside a new 86-room hotel and gym for which planning permission is being sought by Nuveen."

revised maltings plans
The library is nearly 3,000sqft bigger

NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY:

There have been 144 letters of objection about the proposals.

Many people are unhappy with the library being relocated, saying it should remain where it is whilst other say there is no need for a new gym with plenty of other facilities across the city.

There were also concerns the new building would be out of keeping with the historic nature and character of Fisherton Street. and would have a detrimental effect on listed buildings, notably the church.

Concerns have also been raised that the height of the new building would flout the Salisbury skyline policy, known as as the 40ft rule.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The final decision on the application is due to be made at Wiltshire Council's Strategic Planning Committee next Wednesday ( 19 June ) at the City Hall in Salisbury.

Officers are recommending the development is approved,

WHAT ARE THE OTHER MALTING'S PLANS:

The multi-million pound redevelopment includes a number of proposals to improve the city.

A new arcade of shops through the Market Walk
'Enhancements' to the Cheese Market area
Refurbishments and modernising the Maltings shops
Improvements to Priory Square
A 'pocket park' outside the front of Salisbury City Hall and the Playhouse
Linking the Playhouse and City Hall buildings together with one foyer for both
New coach park area, with improved public toilets
New play park and outdoor gym facilities
A green riverside walk along the River Avon

Maltings plans
Some of the other plans for the multi-million pound scheme.

TIMELINE OF WHOLE DEVELOPMENT:

It will be several years before the whole project is completed.

Maltings Timescales April 2019

The timescale

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