New soft-play centre for Salisbury REFUSED

New soft-play centre for Salisbury REFUSED

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:00pm 23rd July 2019.

The plans for a site on Tollgate Road have been thrown out by Wiltshire Council.

'Monkey City' wanted to set up in the old Molly's Den unit in Salisbury.

They were hoping to set up soft-play, role-play, Lego and iPad areas for children to enjoy, along with a party room, and a cafe.

But the planning application to change the use of the building has now been REFUSED.

Inside of Molly's Den (Monkey City Planning)
The inside of the Tollgate Road unit would have been transformed into a soft play area

In the decision notice from Wiltshire Council, the reason given points to issues with accessibility:

"It is considered that the proposed development, by reason of its restricted and inconvenient parking layout, restricted vehicle turning facilities and lack of separate pedestrian facilities, would be likely to create a hazard and inconvenience to all users of the site."

Monkey City Parking Plan
The proposed parking plan for the site, which Wiltshire Council says would 'create a hazard'

There's no word on whether the Monkey City owners will appeal the decision, or make changes to their plans.

As the application was submitted, they'd explained why they wanted to open:

"Salisbury has 43 primary schools and 25 nurseries (not including schools and nurseries outside the Salisbury area) but there only a few establishments that cater for children in Salisbury outside of school and nursery times.

"None offer comparable space and quality of play equipment or interactive learning classes to Monkey City."

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