Salisbury is to get a new cafe in city centre

Salisbury is to get a new cafe in city centre

Published by Jack Deery at 5:14am 13th December 2019. (Updated at 10:34am 13th December 2019)

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Signage has gone up on the old Vodafone shop that has been closed for over two years.

Number 26 on Butcher Row is now going to be called 'Pick Up' and is a cafe and bakery. 

A planning application was submitted to Wiltshire Council in July 2017 and was approved two months later. 

The proposal included a cafe/restaurant with freshly prepared food and plans to open from 8am until 9:30pm. 

Pick Up Salisbury floor plans
This is the proposed floor plans for the new cafe

It will be going into the empty shop next to another cafe/restaurant in 'Stones Salisbury' which is owned by Alan Stoneham, the same person who submitted the application 2 years ago, but is not involved with 'Pick Up' at all.

Mr Stoneham said: 

"I first started seeking premises to open a food establishment in Salisbury about three years ago and thought the former Vodafone site would be ideal. Whilst developing a business plan I applied, simultaneously, for planning permission to convert the building into a cafe /bistro.

By the time my plan and costings were finalised it was clear the level of investment needed was, for me, too risky to proceed with. It was the whole building on three floors for lease at the time. I therefore shelved the plan but, coincidentally, was successful in gaining the planning permission."

Wiltshire Council say the number of these premises has built up around the Market Place is a notable feature of the area and its character. 

When accepting the application, the Case Officer said: 

"It is considered that the proposal will not harm the vitality and viability of the city centre, would not be detrimental character and appearance of the Conservation Area and would preserve the setting of heritage assets/listed buildings in the close vicinity. 

It is judged that there would be no material harm to residential amenity of the area form the principle of the proposed change of use and the application site is in a central, sustainable/accessible location."

There is no official confirmation on when the cafe will open to the public, but work is currently on going to get it ready. 

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