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Planning application for Salisbury’s Maltings approved

September 13, 2019 8:10 AM

The revised application for a hotel, gym and library in Salisbury's Maltings has been unanimously approved by the Strategic Planning Committee.

The plans, submitted by developers Janus Henderson, include the demolition of the existing building on the former British Heart Foundation store at 30-36 Fisherton Street and the construction of a new building that will accommodate a library and separate gym on the ground floor, and an 86-room hotel on the first and second floors.

This scheme forms phase one of the wider Maltings and Central Car Park regeneration project, as set out in the recently endorsed Masterplan. It also unlocks the redevelopment of the existing library site and Market Walk.

John Farquhar, Chairman of the Salisbury City Council Planning Committee said: "When I saw this third application, I just said "Wow!" I was delighted and impressed that the architects had listened to the critics of their earlier designs, taken the concerns onboard, and produced a truly stunning, exciting and stylish concept that not only addresses my committee's concerns, but will give the Salisbury community a building - containing library, hotel and fitness services - of which we can be proud. The reduction in the building's height from four floors to three was the icing on the cake. Well done to the design team!"

Marcus Langlands Pearse, fund manager at Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF, added: "We are extremely pleased that the planning permission for the hotel site has been granted, launching the first stage of the physical transformation of the Maltings. The city has long deserved a capital injection to boost its retail and leisure offering and this redevelopment signals the first step to providing enhanced amenities for locals and visitors alike. We have and continue to work very closely with Wiltshire and Salisbury Councils to deliver a strategically considered solution."