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Salisbury Central Area Framework

Salisbury River Park

Public consultation 19 November 2020 to  8 January 2021

Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency are working in partnership on the Salisbury River Park project which will alleviate flood risk and deliver environmental and public realm improvements in central Salisbury. We are inviting you to view and comment on these proposals.

This consultation is split into two parts:

Part 1: Salisbury River Park Masterplan

We are asking for your feedback on the draft Salisbury River Park Masterplan, which sets the guiding principles for the development of the whole of the River Park, to be delivered over a number of phases.

The vision for the River Park is a lasting legacy of riverside green space and urban wildlife habitat for the people of Salisbury and its visitors to enjoy well into the future. The River Park area will better connect the linear riverside route from the Ashley Road Open Space towards Elizabeth Gardens, north to south through the centre of Salisbury along the margins of the River Avon. It will enhance the setting and quality of the river while delivering essential flood risk mitigation to protect existing and future residents and businesses, building resilience to the effects of climate change.

View the draft Icon for pdf Salisbury River Park Masterplan Consultation Nov 2020 [5.99MB].

View the draft Icon for pdf Salisbury River Park Master Plan: Habitats Regulations Assessment Stage 1 Screening report [1.55MB] for the masterplan.

Part 2: Detailed plans for Phase 1 of the Salisbury River Park (Central Car Park, Ashley Road Open Space and Fisherton Recreation Ground)

Part 2 asks for your feedback on the draft detailed proposals for Phase 1 of the River Park that will form part of a planning application in the new year. These proposals will provide critical flood risk alleviation infrastructure and environmental improvements in Salisbury's central car park, Ashley Road Open Space and Fisherton Recreation Ground. This part of the project is being led by the Environment Agency, with support from Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council. The Phase 1 project is to be part-funded by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) via the Local Growth Fund.

Details about the Environment Agency's Phase 1 proposals can be found online.

Online webinars

Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency will be hosting two online webinars where a presentation about the project will be given, along with an opportunity for you to ask questions. These will take place on
Tuesday 24 November 2020, 6pm
Book online


Tuesday 15 December 2020, 2pm
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How to comment

Comments are invited on the River Park Masterplan and Phase 1 proposals between 9am Thursday 19 November 2020 and 5pm Friday 8 January 2021.

Please complete the online survey.

Alternatively, you can download a printable copy of the survey and return by email or post to the below addresses.

Icon for pdf Printable copy of the survey [441.13KB]

By email:

By Post:

Major Projects
Wiltshire Council
The Council House
Bourne Hill

Comments must be received no later than 5pm Friday 8 January 2021.

Salisbury Central Area Framework

Icon for pdf Download the Salisbury Central Area Framework [3.3MB]

Icon for pdf Download the Salisbury Central Area Framework summary [1.55MB]

Salisbury is a wonderful place to live, visit and work. However, the city centre faces challenges which threaten its vibrancy and the livelihoods of those that depend on it. This includes the impacts of climate change, flood risk, the effects of the 2018 nerve agent attacks, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, changing shopping habits, and unaffordability of homes.

Wiltshire Council has produced the Salisbury Central Area Framework (CAF) which is an overarching strategy to help shape the future of the city centre and enable it to respond positively to these challenges. The CAF makes a series of recommendations to guide future developments, initiatives and policies for the city centre with the aim of bringing positive change to the city and making it an even more vibrant, attractive and sustainable place to live, work and visit. These recommendations will be taken forward by Wiltshire Council and its partner organisations.

Public consultation on the CAF

Wiltshire Council sought views from the public on the priorities, proposed themes and objectives of the CAF in the summer of 2019, and this feedback was fed back into a revised version of the document. A further consultation on the revised CAF was carried out at the beginning of 2020, which fed into the final version that can be downloaded from the top of this page.

You can find out about the consultation process and outcomes in the reports of the two stages of public consultation in the download area below.

Icon for pdf Download the 2019 consultation report [5.91MB]

Icon for pdf Download the 2020 consultation report [6.13MB]

CAF projects and initiatives

During the two public exhibitions which formed part of the consultation on the CAF at the beginning of 2020, Wiltshire Council presented a number of projects which were being planned to be taken forward by the Council and its partners. The section below sets out a summary of each of these projects, and this will be updated as and when the projects are developed further. There will be further engagement and consultation on these proposals as they are progressed. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide their comments.

Salisbury River Park

This is the centrepiece of the CAF and is a collaborative project between Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency to reduce flood risk to various areas in the city, to provide environmental improvements and opportunities for biodiversity, and to improve leisure and recreation. It will be transformational and a lasting legacy for future generations.

The River Park will deliver a green infrastructure link through the centre of the city, incorporating the rivers that run through The Maltings and Central Car Park at its core, extending to the Ashley Road/Fisherton Recreation Ground to the north, and towards Elizabeth Gardens to the south.

The outcomes being sought through the delivery of the River Park are:

  • To reduce flood risk on the Maltings and Central Car Park site and enable strategically important redevelopment of the central car park.

  • To reduce flood risk to existing residents and businesses in central Salisbury and the Ashley Road area.

  • To improve and enhance the internationally designated habitat and ecology of the River Avon watercourse and its margins.

  • To create new and improved spaces for public enjoyment of the river and dwell time in the city centre, in line with the endorsed Masterplan for the Maltings and Central Car Park.

  • To build climate change resilience, in response to the climate emergency.

The River Park will be the subject of a Masterplan, with the development being delivered in phases over the coming years.

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition display about the Salisbury River Park (overview) [1.38MB]

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition display about the Salisbury River Park (The Maltings and Central Car Park 1) [3.19MB]

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition display about the Salisbury River Park (The Maltings and Central Car Park 2) [10.43MB]

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition display about the Salisbury River Park (Ashley Road Open Space and Fisherton Recreation Ground) [6.38MB]

Salisbury future infographic  

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Fisherton Street Gateway

This project forms part of Wiltshire Council's submission to central government under the Future High Streets Fund bid. If successful, this project will provide a new welcoming entrance to the city. Various interventions at key areas along Fisherton Street are proposed to help improve visitors' first impression of the area, make it far more people friendly and to help draw people into the city centre. The concept is based around independent traders and building on the vibrant and varied mix of arts, cultures and artisans who currently occupy the street.

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition display about improvements to Fisherton Street [1.99MB]

Station Quarter

This project will transform the arrival experience at Salisbury's railway station, and links in with the proposals that are put forward for the Fisherton Street Gateway project. Various interventions will be proposed to improve quality of the public realm around the station, including an enhanced travel interchange, improved Stonehenge visitor experience, improved wayfinding, landscaping and car parking facilities. This project will be the subject of a Masterplan.

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition display about improvements to the Station Quarter [1.55MB]

People Friendly Streets

This is a project being led by Wiltshire Council's Highways team with the intention of improving walking and cycling routes in and out of the city centre to deliver on the CAF's 'people-friendly streets' theme.

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition display about defining a street hierarchy [1.62MB]

Illuminating Salisbury

The Illuminating Salisbury project will provide a fantastic outdoor visitor light attraction that will illuminate the stories of Salisbury's rich heritage. Wiltshire Council have been engaging with the local community about stories and experiences of Salisbury with a view to creating storyboards for the illumination show. This project is subject to a successful bid for funding.

The short video below shows some examples of illuminated buildings elsewhere to illustrate how this attraction could look in Salisbury.

Icon for pdf Caf exhibition display about Illuminating Salisbury [1.26MB]

Public arts

A public arts consultant has been appointed to help commission a number of public art and lighting artists to create high quality public realm interventions in Fisherton Street. This project is subject to a successful bid for funding.

In January 2020, as part of the public exhibition on the scope of the public art project, artist Laura Sovala produced the below display to capture the thoughts and suggestions of members of the public when asked about what sort of public art they would like to see in Fisherton Street.


Consultants have been engaged to deliver a Wayfinding Strategy which will inform the delivery of significant improvements to the signage infrastructure in the city, to support visitors' experience of moving through the city.

Icon for pdf CAF exhibition about public art and wayfinding [3.0MB]

Heritage Trail app

Wiltshire Council are developing a Salisbury Heritage Trail app for a smart phone. It will be targeted towards tourists as well as local residents and those in outlying areas giving them more reasons to explore Salisbury's heritage, histories and mysteries.