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Youth hostel plans to go on show
PLANS to transform Salisbury’s youth hostel into luxury retirement homes will be on display to the public on Thursday.
Genepi Property wants to convert the Grade II listed building into four apartments and demolish a laundry building, timber lodge and manager’s bungalow to create 11 houses.
The homes would be upmarket properties and Cognatum Property, which already manages retirement developments in Wiltshire, would take on the freehold.
Concerns have been raised about trees on the Milford Hill site, many of which are protected, but the developers say they hope to retain as much of the existing planting as possible and to have an open wooded setting.
The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) announced in 2011 that it could not afford to renovate the 200-year-old listed building to the standards expected by tourists and would have to close the hostel despite its popularity. The facility accommodates up to 15,000 visitors a year.
Savills, the agent for the developers, said YHA is due to close the hostel next year. About 180 letters about the proposal have been sent to local residents and councillors and anyone is welcome to go along and look at the plans.
The developers also had a meeting with Salisbury Civic Society on Tuesday and following the public consultation they will consider any suggested changes and aim to submit a planning application within the next two months.
The proposals will be on display at the youth hostel from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, and the developer will be there to answer questions.