Plans to redevelop part of Salisbury’s city centre with a hotel and restaurant alongside other facilities have been submitted for consideration.
The £15m plans, submitted by Haskoll on behalf of the site owners Janus Henderson Property, include an 86-bedroom hotel and 6,000 sq ft of restaurant and café space, with similar sized spaces for a library and gym, which will be to be used for Snap Fitness.
The land at 30-36 Fisherton Street sits close to the city’s listed United Reform Church and was most recently occupied by the British Heart Foundation.
The scheme could become part of a wider redevelopment of the shopping and leisure in the facility. The site also fronts onto The Maltings shopping centre, which was closed for a period following the Novichock incident in March 2018.
Up to 30 jobs could be created at the redeveloped building if plans are approved, with 20 jobs created during construction.
The application’s planning statement said: “These proposals are considered as phase one of a number of asset enhancements facilitating the linkage of the Maltings and the cultural activities centred on the Playhouse and City Hall to Market Place, a long ambition of the local community (since the late 1950s) reflected most recently in the 2008 Salisbury Vision consultation documentation and adopted in Wiltshire Council’s Core Planning Policy.
“The associated masterplan for a wider redevelopment of the Maltings and the Central Car Park forms the core of policy however, it is currently unable to progress due to the adverse economic climate but informs this application and is illustrated in the design and access statement.
“It demonstrates the owners wish to support Salisbury city centre after the recent terrorist attack. Initially the discussions focused on the wider masterplan proposals before focusing on 30‐32 Fisherton Street.
“This narrowing of the discussions related to the difficult economic conditions retailing is experiencing across the United Kingdom, together with a very positive expression of interest received from Travelodge Hotel Group.
“Most recently the March Novichok terrorist attack has caused significant disruption to the programme by diverting resources away from the development proposals.
“This development will generate a wide range of direct, indirect and catalytic economic effects, especially after the terrorist attacks, both quantifiable and non‐quantifiable.”
Wiltshire County Council will decide on the proposal in due course.
Source: Insider Media Limited