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Car park plan submitted for Amesbury bus station
A PLAN has been submitted to Wiltshire Council to turn the bus station in Amesbury into a car park.
Bus firm Wilts & Dorset announced plans to sell its stations in both Amesbury and Salisbury at the end of last year and to sell the sites, leaving the council to find alternative sites for stops in both places.
Amesbury Town Council drew up a plan to buy the town’s station in Salisbury Street and use it for a tourist information centre, coach stop, market ground, council office and open space for community events in June and was about to embark on public consultation when it was announced by Wilts & Dorset that it had been sold to an unnamed buyer.
People and local councillors expected the site would be earmarked by developers for housing of more shops, but a plan has now been submitted to Wiltshire Council for change of use to a pay and display car park.
The proposal, from Winchester-based developer Southern Planning Practice Ltd, includes installing ticket machines, removing bus parking bats and putting in pedestrian footways, railings and a lean-to building.
Amesbury town and Wiltshire councillor John Noeken said: “People are intrigued by it. We were expecting to see plans for houses, or flats or shops but proposing to put a car park there is confusing many people.”
But Cllr Noeken added that with upcoming development in the town centre meaning that some parking spaces will be lost, there will likely be a need for more car parking spaces in the future.
The planning application, number 13/03819/FUL, can be found at wiltshire.gov.uk.
Comments on the proposal can be made until October 10, with a decision expected by November 5.
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