City centre Tesco and hotel plan approved

Salisbury Journal: City centre Tesco and hotel plan approved City centre Tesco and hotel plan approved

THE city centre Tesco in Salisbury is to be demolished and rebuilt with a hotel above, after planners gave the thumbs up to the development.

Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee approved the application from Spenhill Developments Ltd, which is owned by Tesco, at a meeting held at South Wilts School on Thursday, despite pleas from B&B owners in the city to protect their livelihoods and turn down the proposal.

Committee chairman Fred Westmoreland said the back of the existing Tesco store is “quite possibly the ugliest place in Salisbury” and added that having the chance to change that should not be overlooked.

“Salisbury has a habit of saying ‘no’ to everything,” he said, “and that will probably continue. It is why other cathedral cities are more vibrant than ours. I’m sure that you could probably design something that would look prettier but we have seen a lot of things that look worse.”

The application, which will see the Tesco Metro and Avon and Riverside Houses in Castle Street turned into a replacement ground floor shop with a 65-bedroom budget hotel above it, split the committee, with the main concerns about the design of the development.

Salisbury member Ian Tomes said: “Tesco has got the money to put a really lovely building there. This is ok, it’s better than what is there but it’s not good enough for that site and it’s not good enough for Salisbury.”

But members said the impact on existing hotels and B&B’s was not a planning matter and felt that the new hotel would be attractive to a different type of tourist and would bring more people into the city, boosting local trade.

Cllr Chris Devine said: “It might not be the best design but anything that brightens up that area of the city has got to be a good thing. Plus, a 65-bedroom hotel is great. There are a lot of backpackers who need somewhere to stay, and this is going to be a good thing.

The developer plans to demolish all existing buildings, with the exception of the historic brickwork frontage onto Castle Street.

The new store will fill the majority of the ground and first floor space, with entrances at the front and back, and there will be a café on the third floor, fronting onto Castle Street.

The riverside frontage will be four-storey with the third and fourth floors accommodating the hotel, which would be accessed from that side of the development.

Spenhill will also landscape and open up the river front side while retaining and remodelling the existing car park with 65 spaces to be shared between the hotel and the store.

The application was passed by five votes to four.

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11:59am Fri 17 Jan 14

ObiOneMe says...

they only recently rebuilt this and now they want to demolish it again to put another hotel there? the downfall on salisburys hotels in town are that they get expensive just to stay one evening but also the majority have no parking like spoons,cathedral city lodge!! is this new hotel going to have parking?
they only recently rebuilt this and now they want to demolish it again to put another hotel there? the downfall on salisburys hotels in town are that they get expensive just to stay one evening but also the majority have no parking like spoons,cathedral city lodge!! is this new hotel going to have parking? ObiOneMe
  • Score: 5

5:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

IanMcL says...

There's a rather large car park right behind it!
There's a rather large car park right behind it! IanMcL
  • Score: 1

5:55pm Fri 17 Jan 14

SaveTheCarParks says...

...There won't be a car park behind it once they demolish the Maltings.

Nor will there be one in Salt Lane...Or Brown Street.

Car Parking already gone from the Market Square.

Their agenda is clear.
...There won't be a car park behind it once they demolish the Maltings. Nor will there be one in Salt Lane...Or Brown Street. Car Parking already gone from the Market Square. Their agenda is clear. SaveTheCarParks
  • Score: 8

7:11pm Fri 17 Jan 14

gingin says...

The reasons offered by the objectors are just not planning reasons! I agree with Councillor Westmoreland about how ugly it is at the back. Also Councillor Devine's comment on offering a different type of hotel and bringing more revenue into the City.

Salisbury cannot stay as it is, it needs to up the game otherwise other towns and cities will prosper and Salisbury will not. Change will happen and we all need to embrace it, not all the plans are agreeable to some but Salisbury looks a bit tired and grubby at present so the sooner the Maltings refurbishment is completed the better.

Anything of consequence will cost money so we should be thankful investors still wish to come to Salisbury
The reasons offered by the objectors are just not planning reasons! I agree with Councillor Westmoreland about how ugly it is at the back. Also Councillor Devine's comment on offering a different type of hotel and bringing more revenue into the City. Salisbury cannot stay as it is, it needs to up the game otherwise other towns and cities will prosper and Salisbury will not. Change will happen and we all need to embrace it, not all the plans are agreeable to some but Salisbury looks a bit tired and grubby at present so the sooner the Maltings refurbishment is completed the better. Anything of consequence will cost money so we should be thankful investors still wish to come to Salisbury gingin
  • Score: 10

9:00am Sat 18 Jan 14

hillyanne says...

I think "Pepys Walk" is in the "ugly list" too.It's awful!
I think "Pepys Walk" is in the "ugly list" too.It's awful! hillyanne
  • Score: 6

1:16pm Sat 18 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Sounds like a reasonable idea to develop this although I'm not convinced hotel guests will appreciate staying above a supermarket. Delivery trucks tend to come and go along with steel cages on wheels trundling around out the back of the store, store opening hours etc...
Anyway, the Maltings was built circa 1986? It doesn't look worn out or tired. It does have a few flaws built into it though.
Example: the retail outlets in the courtyard are hidden in caverns and, not prominently obvious plus, foot fall is not funnelled through the courtyard and, the development is quite well hidden from all those who visit Salisbury who don't use the main car park.
That said, the decision has been made for whatever reasons and the whole lot is to be demolished so, let's try not to repeat these mistakes.
Sounds like a reasonable idea to develop this although I'm not convinced hotel guests will appreciate staying above a supermarket. Delivery trucks tend to come and go along with steel cages on wheels trundling around out the back of the store, store opening hours etc... Anyway, the Maltings was built circa 1986? It doesn't look worn out or tired. It does have a few flaws built into it though. Example: the retail outlets in the courtyard are hidden in caverns and, not prominently obvious plus, foot fall is not funnelled through the courtyard and, the development is quite well hidden from all those who visit Salisbury who don't use the main car park. That said, the decision has been made for whatever reasons and the whole lot is to be demolished so, let's try not to repeat these mistakes. karlmarx
  • Score: 8

4:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

cactus Joe says...

I think generally this is a good thing. The building that is there is in my opinion of no great architectural merit and the older part which is nice is to be retained in the new scheme. I think it makes good use of empty offices and will nicely connect the new, (when the maltings is built) with the older properties on Castle Street. I don't think anyone wants any of the existing hoteliers in Salisbury to be put out of business by this new hotel. But I think extra competition will be helpful in driving up hotel standards in Salisbury for the benefit of everyone. Well done councillors a good decision in my opinion.
I think generally this is a good thing. The building that is there is in my opinion of no great architectural merit and the older part which is nice is to be retained in the new scheme. I think it makes good use of empty offices and will nicely connect the new, (when the maltings is built) with the older properties on Castle Street. I don't think anyone wants any of the existing hoteliers in Salisbury to be put out of business by this new hotel. But I think extra competition will be helpful in driving up hotel standards in Salisbury for the benefit of everyone. Well done councillors a good decision in my opinion. cactus Joe
  • Score: 8

5:56pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Schoolmum999 says...

IanMcL wrote:
There's a rather large car park right behind it!
This is at the moment, but maybe not for long..
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: There's a rather large car park right behind it![/p][/quote]This is at the moment, but maybe not for long.. Schoolmum999
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Schoolmum999 says...

I too think this plan is broadly a good thing. I do have concerns for local independent hotels, but this is not, as far as I know, a reason to decline planning permission. I think if something like a premier inn takes up residence, it will bring people to Salisbury. For instance, my family and I recently spent a long weekend in York, which was made affordable by £25 a night family rooms in a premier inn, right in the town centre. If the price d been more, we probably wouldn't have bothered.
I too think this plan is broadly a good thing. I do have concerns for local independent hotels, but this is not, as far as I know, a reason to decline planning permission. I think if something like a premier inn takes up residence, it will bring people to Salisbury. For instance, my family and I recently spent a long weekend in York, which was made affordable by £25 a night family rooms in a premier inn, right in the town centre. If the price d been more, we probably wouldn't have bothered. Schoolmum999
  • Score: 11

10:42am Tue 21 Jan 14

Grampie says...

Lets hope the new building fits in better with the local architecture than the existing one.

Does anybody else thing that new building by St Paul's roundabout is out of keeping with its surrounding buildings? It looks awful, like the, carbuncle attached to the nearby church and the new law courts.
Lets hope the new building fits in better with the local architecture than the existing one. Does anybody else thing that new building by St Paul's roundabout is out of keeping with its surrounding buildings? It looks awful, like the, carbuncle attached to the nearby church and the new law courts. Grampie
  • Score: -1

12:34pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Richard Clewer says...

I voted against the plan because I thought the design did not do enough to fit in with the rest of Castle Street. The update to the Conservation Area which we also approved last Thursday called for distinctive bays to be maintained along the street. The design tries to do this but with more of a warehouse than city centre look to my mind.

With regard to the SP2 building, the comments by Grampie are the first negative ones I have heard since it was opened. Most people have been supportive of both the use and design of the building. I think the overall scheme design has been rather well done.
I voted against the plan because I thought the design did not do enough to fit in with the rest of Castle Street. The update to the Conservation Area which we also approved last Thursday called for distinctive bays to be maintained along the street. The design tries to do this but with more of a warehouse than city centre look to my mind. With regard to the SP2 building, the comments by Grampie are the first negative ones I have heard since it was opened. Most people have been supportive of both the use and design of the building. I think the overall scheme design has been rather well done. Richard Clewer
  • Score: 0

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