Retirement flats plan for bus station

Retirement flats plan for bus station

Retirement flats plan for bus station

First published in News

SALISBURY’S derelict former bus station could be turned into retirement homes if a new proposal gets the go-ahead.

After months of speculation about the future of the Endless Street bus station, which closed in January, Churchill Retirement Living has revealed plans to build 46 retirement properties on the brownfield site.

The plans will go on display at Salisbury Methodist Church on Wednesday.

They include the construction of one and two bedroom flats solely for people aged 60 or over.

However, questions have already been asked about the suitability of the site for retirement homes.

City councillor James Robertson said: “I think with all the air pollution it isn’t a good place to have older people, in addition this development is near to all the city nightlife. It would be much better if they built it in the leafy suburbs.

“I would prefer the bus station to be a covered market, as proposed last year by a group of city architects.”

Another city councillor, Mark Timbrell, is calling for the site to be used for affordable housing claiming there is no shortage of retirement homes in Salisbury.

He said: “I believe that the desperate demand for more affordable housing in Salisbury needs to be addressed and this site would be an ideal place to offer such housing.”

Wiltshire councillor Helena McKeown, whose ward includes the bus station site, said: “I have yet to form my opinion and I call upon everybody else to go to the consultation day.

“I would add I am disappointed that the bus station was shut down but something does need to be done with the derelict land. I always enjoy hearing what people’s views are and I would like people to tell me what they have to say.”

Andrew Burgess, the planning director at Churchill Retirement Living, said the new retirement properties will be beneficial to the city. “We place great importance on engaging with local communities during the planning process and providing them with an opportunity to have their say on our early-stage plans,” he said.

“We believe our proposals for this brownfield and derelict site will significantly enhance the local area and provide much-needed specialist housing for older people.

“Not only do our developments offer security, peace of mind and independence for residents, they in turn free up larger, family homes for local people.”

The public exhibition will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, September 3 in the Sanctuary Room at Salisbury Methodist Church, St Edmund’s Church Street, Salisbury.

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4:45pm Thu 28 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

First in Amesbury and now in Salisbury, What is it with our Councillors these days? While it is fine to have houses near the centre of a Commercial area but in it centre! Town centre's are valuable spaces for business's and Shop's, to build living places other than above the shops, these area's are wasted to this kind of development. Shops are the lifeblood of any City and Town that is forward thinking.
As a senior citizen with a free bus pass why would anyone want to live close to a City centre as this.
First in Amesbury and now in Salisbury, What is it with our Councillors these days? While it is fine to have houses near the centre of a Commercial area but in it centre! Town centre's are valuable spaces for business's and Shop's, to build living places other than above the shops, these area's are wasted to this kind of development. Shops are the lifeblood of any City and Town that is forward thinking. As a senior citizen with a free bus pass why would anyone want to live close to a City centre as this. John Wigs
  • Score: 12

6:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

Too much retail/office space being lost in the centre, Salisbury would become just a big housing estate, if that is all that gets permission, each time a business space becomes vacant.
Too much retail/office space being lost in the centre, Salisbury would become just a big housing estate, if that is all that gets permission, each time a business space becomes vacant. IanMcL
  • Score: 11

8:39pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

That huge office block in Endless St and Castle St is to become flats, the ex accountants offices behind the Playhouse/City Hall is to become flats and now the ex Bus Station , whats next? Salt Lane Car Park? Debenhams? The Cross Keys Chequer? The Maltings? The Coach Station?
We all enjoy driving to Andover and Southampton for the cheap shoppers car parking but there is a limit surely to destroying the City Centre retail areas?
That huge office block in Endless St and Castle St is to become flats, the ex accountants offices behind the Playhouse/City Hall is to become flats and now the ex Bus Station , whats next? Salt Lane Car Park? Debenhams? The Cross Keys Chequer? The Maltings? The Coach Station? We all enjoy driving to Andover and Southampton for the cheap shoppers car parking but there is a limit surely to destroying the City Centre retail areas? Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 14

8:10pm Fri 29 Aug 14

karlmarx says...

With the figures showing the increase in violent crime in Salisbury I would speculate that these proposed retirement flats would remain empty for some considerable time.
With the figures showing the increase in violent crime in Salisbury I would speculate that these proposed retirement flats would remain empty for some considerable time. karlmarx
  • Score: 4

1:26pm Sat 30 Aug 14

tribal says...

I think a covered market would be a good for the market people when it is wet and cold.
I think a covered market would be a good for the market people when it is wet and cold. tribal
  • Score: 1

1:29pm Sat 30 Aug 14

tribal says...

I think a covered market will be good for the market people when it is cold and wet.
I think a covered market will be good for the market people when it is cold and wet. tribal
  • Score: 2
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