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Take part in our survey on the Salisbury Central Area Framework

Salisbury Central Area Framework consultation

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on what you'd like the city centre to look like in the future. The Salisbury Central Area Framework consultation closed on 9 August 2019 and a final version of the Framework will now be prepared taking into account all comments received. It is anticipated that the final Salisbury Central Area Framework will be published in autumn 2019. In the meantime, you can view the consultation information below.

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We’re planning an exciting future for Salisbury, and we’d like your feedback on what you’d like the city centre to look like in the future. We’re calling this the Salisbury Central Area Framework (CAF) and its purpose is to inform the future development of the city centre. When completed it will set out an outline plan that will be deliverable and will bring positive change to create a more vibrant and attractive central area in the city. The CAF builds on previous consultation and brings together many different projects and initiatives under one single document that, crucially, will be deliverable. It will also help to inform the emerging Neighbourhood Plan and Local Plan Policy.

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The framework will guide several different projects and initiatives in the city, which will be delivered by many different stakeholders and partners, including Wiltshire Council, Salisbury City Council, the Business Improvement District and prospective private developers. The CAF will ensure all these stakeholders are pulling in the same direction and will set out the city centre’s design, management and maintenance.

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Salisbury is a historic, characterful and in many ways a successful place. However, in recent years, a combination of the economic downturn, the changing role of small cities, and the incident in 2018 have threatened its vibrancy. Some retail units have been left empty; parts of the public realm are tired and dated and new development has sometimes failed to deliver the best for Salisbury. So, we recognise that there is a need to re-invigorate the city centre. We need to make sure Salisbury city centre is as successful and resilient as it can be to make it a better place to live, work and visit for both local people and visitors to the city.

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People-friendly streets means providing a positive, save and comfortable environment for walking and cycling. It encourages more people choose to walk, cycle or take public transport, known as active travel, rather than use private vehicles. We surrender 70% of our streets and public spaces to the needs of the car. One moving car takes up the same space as 5 people cycling, 20 people walking and 12 cycle parking spaces.

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The station area and The Maltings are the largest opportunities within the central area. Neither of these will be quick or easy to develop as many stakeholders need to come together and existing constraints need to be overcome. These opportunities, together with some smaller sites, can help address existing shortcomings and add to the vibrancy of the city centre.

Opportunity sites could deliver a range of uses, subject to viability, including:

  • new built managed workspace offering a variety of sizes and ways of working
  • hotel to support businesses within the sub-region
  • a mix of homes for a variety of people
  • additional parking
  • space for culture and leisure
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The consultation has now closed. The final framework will be published in autumn 2019.

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It is important we see changes as soon as possible and part of the reason for the project is to work closely with land owners and investors to try and unlock some of the sites which for various reasons have stalled. This project seeks to understand what has been the barrier to these sites and what actions can be taken to overcome them. We hope to see delivery start within 12 months.

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There have been many consultations in the past and many have lead to significant changes for the City, such as the enhancement of the Highstreet, Market Place, the delivery of many new homes to help families own there own home, redevelopment of the Old Manor Hospital Site, Bus Station and Aviva buildings. But we now need to accelerate regeneration to ensure we can thrive in difficult economic times. 

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The Neighbourhood Plan is complimentary to this work and has the opportunity, where necessary to enshrine some of this work into planning policy. However it will address a range of different issues to which are at a more detailed level.

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Every city and place needs to evolve and Salisbury is no different. In recent years, a combination of the economic downturn, the changing role of small cities, and the incident in 2018 have threatened the city’s vibrancy, and we recognise that there is a need to re-invigorate the city centre. We need to make sure Salisbury city centre is as successful and resilient as it can be to make it a better place to live, work and visit for both local people and visitors to the city.

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Last updated: 13 August 2019 | Last reviewed: 13 August 2019