Support development by giving your opinions

First published in Postbag

IN mid-July Wiltshire Council signed over to Stanhope developers to create a retail-led design for the large area of land encompassing the coach park, central car park, the library and Maltings through to the City Hall.

Phase 1 encompasses the Central car park with its boundary to the Sainsbury’s multi-storey car park through to the junction of the dual carriageway and the coach park area.

I am pleased to see a coach and bus interchange has crept into an evolving plan. However, I do hope consideration is given to having ample growth capacity.

There is also a fantastic opportunity to reconsider the way that Salisbury’s roads work, with particular emphasis on the one-way system and which route buses and coaches have to take.

Much comment has been made on the need to retain long-stay parking provision within Salisbury. I would like to see short stay limits removed from all car parks as the current three hours is far too restrictive.

The long stay needs of those using coaches and trains cannot be met by park and ride services, and there is a clear need for a proper understanding of car parking usage before the developer gets the go ahead to reduce parking by half and restrict it to short stay only.

There seemed to be acknowledgement that there was some difficulty in finding an interested business to take on an “anchor” store that would be pivotal to this retail-led development. This is where I believe there has been a lack of vision - the design calls only for shops, restaurants and town homes. Why not look at having large conference facilities, buildings for the young such as an indoor skate/BMX park and a laser quest type facility or an ice rink?

The point is to encourage all age groups into the city to keep it a vibrant and bustling place with multiple reasons to visit. From the presentation to Salisbury Area Board on Thursday it was clear that whatever the designs are, they will be modern contemporary concrete structures that will attract much criticism as well as support.

Let’s support Stanhope by giving them feedback on what we would really like to see featured as part of phase 1 of this proposal.

Cllr Tom Corbin, Salisbury

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