Parking fears over new homes plan

PLANS to turn an office building in Salisbury city centre into 78 flats have been met with objections from residents.

People living in the streets around United Kingdom House, which is between Castle Street and Endless Street, fear the proposals could exacerbate the problems people living in the area already have trying to park.

The building is currently owned by Friends Life Ltd, but the company no longer needs the building after Diligenta, a company working on behalf of Friends Life, announced last June that it planned to leave its Salisbury office at UK House by the end of 2014.

Friends Life has submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council to convert the office into 78 residential units. The scheme is made up of 32 one-bedroom flats, 38 two-bedroom flats and eight three-bedroom flats. It also includes 140 parking spaces, which the council’s highways department said would be adequate for the number of flats.

But people living in the Zone A parking area, which includes all the streets surrounding the proposed development, are worried. Cynthia Dawson said: “Parking in Zone A has always been difficult and the addition of this vast number of residents can only make things a lot worse.”

Edith Larsen-Burnett said: “I have very grave concerns about the proposal to put 78 new residential units so close to the city centre where residents’ parking is already maxed out. I live in Belle Vue Road in Zone A and am finding it increasingly more difficult to park my car in my street.”

Mary Stephens said the pressure on local parking will be “intolerable” if they don’t plan for at least 156 parking spaces.

Concerns were also raised about increased traffic movements, particularly in the evenings and at weekends as the building changes from business use to residential, and some felt 78 units would be too many.

The consultation period has now closed and Wiltshire Council is expected to make a decision by May 7.

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11:57am Wed 16 Apr 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Yet another employment site lost to housing, Salisbury is fast becoming a dormitory for Southampton Basingstoke and London!
Yet another employment site lost to housing, Salisbury is fast becoming a dormitory for Southampton Basingstoke and London! Old Salisbury Boy
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4:00pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Grampie says...

Once Salisbury had factories which employed many people. These in turn closed down and the jobs were replaced by companies like Friends Provident, who became Friends Life (The building was opened by a certain M Thatcher as I recall).

We had a brewery in the city, once, a tax office, a police station, bus station, local small shops selling groceries, fish, meat (One still survives, I think), pet food, Woodrows that sold everything, three cinemas, a swimming pool within the inner ring road, a hospital, petrol filling stations within the inner ring road, the coach station is moving, even the fire station was in the city centre. Now we have coffee shops and charity shops and a lovely, empty market square.

I do not see the need to go into the city any more, especially when the roads were at their worst.

Never mind we will soon have a lovely new supermarket who will employ loads of trolley parkers and shelf stackers on that old smelly bit of meadow on the Southampton Road. What a relief that will be because people have been clamouring for another supermarket.
Once Salisbury had factories which employed many people. These in turn closed down and the jobs were replaced by companies like Friends Provident, who became Friends Life (The building was opened by a certain M Thatcher as I recall). We had a brewery in the city, once, a tax office, a police station, bus station, local small shops selling groceries, fish, meat (One still survives, I think), pet food, Woodrows that sold everything, three cinemas, a swimming pool within the inner ring road, a hospital, petrol filling stations within the inner ring road, the coach station is moving, even the fire station was in the city centre. Now we have coffee shops and charity shops and a lovely, empty market square. I do not see the need to go into the city any more, especially when the roads were at their worst. Never mind we will soon have a lovely new supermarket who will employ loads of trolley parkers and shelf stackers on that old smelly bit of meadow on the Southampton Road. What a relief that will be because people have been clamouring for another supermarket. Grampie
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