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Maltings plan to go to Cabinet
THE Maltings and Central Car Park redevelopment will be discussed in Salisbury at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Wiltshire Council is expected to enter into a development agreement with Stanhope Plc for the regeneration of the site.
In December hundreds of people attended an exhibition held by Stanhope at the Guildhall to have a look at early plans for phase one of the multi-million pound redevelopment.
The plans are for an ‘anchor’ store on the car park site, along with further retail and leisure outlets, including restaurants, as well as car parking.
Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, said: “This would be a significant move forward in the regeneration of this site. If agreed, it will allow Stanhope Plc to continue to consult with the community and find out what the city’s residents, visitors and businesses want and need.
“Salisbury is a beautiful city, and we want to ensure it maintains its unique identity while being able to compete with other nearby retail centres.”
In a list of considerations for councillors to consider, an officer’s report states: “In the absence of a development on this site, the alternative of ‘do nothing’ will mean that the economic vitality of the city centre will diminish.
“There are already retail developments taking place in, or planned for, Winchester and Southampton, which will increase those cities’ attraction to shoppers.
“This could lead to the existing city centre shops losing trade and deter new operators from investing in the city.”
The report adds: “If this site does not come forward, not only would the city centre lose significant amount of trade, it is anticipated that there would be a substantial negative impact on the amount of revenue the council receives from the city’s car parks and park and ride service.”
The Cabinet meeting is being held at the Guildhall at 10.30am.