Revised planning application for Salisbury's Maltings
A revised planning application has been received by Wiltshire Council for a new hotel, interim library, gym and café on the site of the former British Heart Foundation store at 30-36 Fisherton Street, Salisbury.
This proposed development forms phase one of the wider vision for the Maltings and Central Car Park regeneration project, as set out in the recently endorsed Masterplan.
A previous application was refused by the Strategic Planning Committee in June 2019, on design grounds. The committee determined that the bulk and design of the proposal did not reflect the characteristics of Fisherton Street and Salisbury in general.
The resubmitted application has been completely redesigned, although it retains the original proposal for an 86-room hotel, gym, and new library. The main differences found in the redesign are: the removal of one floor; the building is now all under 40ft apart from two lift shafts; the use of a wider range of materials; a new two-storey civic-style atrium to the library entrance, orientated towards the Playhouse and City Hall; a new café space and public plaza to the Fisherton Street frontage, with the building drawn back to allow a greater view of the United Reformed Church; and the roof of the building is proposed to be finished as a sedum brown roof, which will provide habitat within the urban environment.
Cllr Pauline Church, Cabinet Member for South Wiltshire Recovery, said: "The previous application was refused on design grounds, and I am pleased the developers have responded positively to this and worked proactively with us by completely redesigning the scheme, including removing a storey to reduce the impact on the United Reformed Church.
"The Strategic Planning Committee will now consider the new designs and whether this important first phase of the Maltings and Central Car Park regeneration can proceed."
To view or comment on the full application, please visit our planning portal with the application number 19/07427/ful.
The previous application was refused on design grounds, and I am pleased the developers have responded positively to this and worked proactively with us by completely redesigning the scheme, including removing a storey to reduce the impact on the United Reformed Church.