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Consultation begins on masterplan for Salisbury retail zones

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The MaltingsThe MaltingsSalisbury residents and visitors are being asked to have their say on the future of the area around Central Car Park and The Maltings – one of the areas worst affected by last year's chemical attack.

Wiltshire Council yesterday (Monday) opened a consultation on a draft masterplan for the redevelopment of the area.

According to the draft document, the masterplan could include provision for a new two-storey arcade of shops through the Market Walk, enhancements to the Cheese Market area, refurbishments and modernising the Maltings shops, and a new coach park area, with improved public toilets.

The creation of loft apartments aimed at young people, and the development of a new hotel and new cinema are also included in the draft plan.

All comments made during the consultation, which runs until 5pm on Friday, May 24, will be considered before a final version of the masterplan for The Maltings and Central Car Park is created and taken to Wiltshire Council's Spatial Planning Committee for consideration.

If endorsed, the masterplan will provide a clear framework for how the site will be redeveloped over the coming years.

Pauline Church, cabinet member for economic development and south Wiltshire recovery, said: "The Maltings and Central Car Park is an important space in the centre of Salisbury, and it's vital that we involve the community in any future plans for development for the area.

"I would encourage anyone with an interest in Salisbury's future as a shopping, leisure and tourism destination to attend the public exhibition at Salisbury's Guildhall to find out more, and respond to the consultation on the draft masterplan."

The public exhibition will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 9.30am to 6.45pm at Salisbury Guildhall, and council officers will be on hand to answer questions about the draft masterplan.

Business owners and residents can also find out more by viewing the supporting documents at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-policy or by viewing paper copies during normal opening hours at Salisbury Library, Wilton Library, Downton Library, Amesbury Library, Durrington Library, Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Bourne Hill council offices, and County Hall in Trowbridge.

Once approved, the masterplan will be used to assess current and future planning applications within the Maltings area.

To comment on the draft masterplan, visit http://consult.wiltshire.gov.uk/portal