Tesco hotel plan to go before councillors

A PLAN to demolish Salisbury’s city centre Tesco store and rebuild it with a hotel above is to be considered by councillors on Thursday.

The proposal by Spenhill Developments Ltd, which is owned by Tesco, would see the Tesco Metro and Avon and Riverside Houses in Castle Street turned into a replacement ground floor shop with a 65-bedroom hotel above it.

A planning officer’s report to Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee recommends that the application is given permission, despite the objections from Salisbury City Council and from the owners of existing hotels and guest houses in the city.

A letter sent to the council by objectors said: “It is strongly believed that this will have a detrimental effect on the character of our medieval city, where individual, independent businesses create an experience that many of the visitors to the city enjoy.”

It states the application is “not adding to or enhancing the existing accommodation providers” who collectively employ about 120 people and ask that the developer funds a comprehensive analysis of the need for accommodation in the city.

Agent Mango Planning, who submitted the application to Wiltshire Council on behalf of Spenhill, said the proposed development would “enhance both the retail and accommodation offer within Salisbury”.

The application states: “The application proposal seeks to make effective use of a partly vacant site within the urban area of Salisbury to facilitate significant new investment, creating new job opportunities for local people and providing a sustainable development.

“It will maintain and strengthen the functional relationship between the application site and the remainder of the city centre, including the Maltings, and will maintain a strong anchor presence in Castle Street.”

A public exhibition was held in the city in April and many concerns were raised about the impact the hotel would have on existing businesses in and around the city, with bed and breakfast owners saying it could ruin their livelihoods. The southern area planning committee will meet at South Wilts School on Thursday at 6pm.

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12:46pm Tue 14 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Why don't Tesco get into providing social housing? That is what is really needed. They do virtually everything else so why not some affordable housing?

"WILTSHIRE HOUSING ALLOCATIONS POLICY TO CHANGE
Wiltshire's Cabinet will be discussing the Council's new housing allocations policy on 21 November.  The present bandings will disappear, with those on the present Bronze banding being taken off the list, as will certain other groups, such as those who have no connection to Wiltshire (with the exception of some excluded groups).  This will significantly reduce the numbers on the housing register from the 18000 presently listed.

There is a Market for affordable housing as you can see (figures above are the pre-goalpost moving to make them look better figures)
Why don't Tesco get into providing social housing? That is what is really needed. They do virtually everything else so why not some affordable housing? "WILTSHIRE HOUSING ALLOCATIONS POLICY TO CHANGE Wiltshire's Cabinet will be discussing the Council's new housing allocations policy on 21 November.  The present bandings will disappear, with those on the present Bronze banding being taken off the list, as will certain other groups, such as those who have no connection to Wiltshire (with the exception of some excluded groups).  This will significantly reduce the numbers on the housing register from the 18000 presently listed. There is a Market for affordable housing as you can see (figures above are the pre-goalpost moving to make them look better figures) karlmarx
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7:28pm Tue 14 Jan 14

cactus Joe says...

I've looked at the plans for the new Tesco store on Wiltshire councils website and to be honest the architectures a bit modern for my taste but I do applaud the company for reducing the overall height of the building from what it is at present and also for making use of the upper floors most of which I understand are currently vacant. I think there are positives with this scheme!
I've looked at the plans for the new Tesco store on Wiltshire councils website and to be honest the architectures a bit modern for my taste but I do applaud the company for reducing the overall height of the building from what it is at present and also for making use of the upper floors most of which I understand are currently vacant. I think there are positives with this scheme! cactus Joe
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8:10pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Schoolmum999 says...

I too have just had a look at the plans and I must say that I actually quite like the design and I think it will be an improvement on the current building. I do however object to the hotel on the basis that if it is a premier inn or similar, it was ruin many other local independent businesses. I am not sure that whether planners take this into account though.
I too have just had a look at the plans and I must say that I actually quite like the design and I think it will be an improvement on the current building. I do however object to the hotel on the basis that if it is a premier inn or similar, it was ruin many other local independent businesses. I am not sure that whether planners take this into account though. Schoolmum999
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