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Campus project approved by planners
THE Salisbury community campus is a step closer.
The planning application for the campus, which will be based at Five Rivers Leisure Centre on Hulse Road, was approved by Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee last Wednesday.
It is part of a programme funded by Wiltshire Council to have a number of community services located together and the aim is to have one in every community area across the county.
The Salisbury campus will include bookable meeting rooms, large multipurpose spaces for activities, services for disabled users, youth services, enhanced leisure facilities and hotdesk space for Wiltshire Police’s neighbourhood team.
There will also be facilities for response and enquiry office teams, as well as council officers and the Wiltshire music service.
The Shadow Community Operations Board (COB), a group of local volunteer community representatives, has worked for the past two years to develop plans, consulting with the public, businesses, organisations and local groups.
The plans are for a two-storey extension as well as single storey changing room and gym extensions and remodelling of the existing building adding more than 2,000 square metres to the existing leisure centre floorspace.
Concerns were raised about the effect the increased traffic will have on the already busy junctions at Butts Road with Castle Road and Ashley Road with Devizes Road but the council’s highways officer said the transport assessment indicated that the additional trips would be relatively modest during peak periods.
The application has a condition to ensure parking will be properly managed and a community bus will be provided which could link the campus with the city centre and the railway station.
Patricia Fagan, chairman of the Salisbury Shadow COB, said: “This is a really exciting project that will see community services brought to local people, tailored to their needs.
“Over the last two years my fellow COB members have worked hard to bring the project this far and I would like to thank them for their hard work. I would also like to thank Salisbury area board for its support.”
The COB will be updating the area board on their next phases of work at the next meeting in November.
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