THE FIRST planning applications for the Maltings redevelopment have now been submitted to Wiltshire Council, including proposals for an 86-bedroom Travelodge hotel, new library, gym and restaurant.

Developer TH Real Estate submitted the plans this week, marking the first phase of the multi-million pound regeneration of the Maltings area of Salisbury city centre.

The first set of proposals are for a block on Fisherton Street and Malthouse Lane, formerly the British Heart Foundation furniture store and the Original Factory Shop.

Marcus Langlands Pearse of TH Real Estate said the developers had "worked hard" to bring the application forward, "to help accelerate the delivery of regeneration within Salisbury city centre".

“We have secured Travelodge as our operator for the hotel and are excited that they have chosen Salisbury as a location for the early roll-out of their premium Travelodge-plus brand," he said.

“We have reflected this in the design, which uses high quality materials and an architect-led approach that respects the historic city-scape of Salisbury and will bring a new vibrancy to this part of Fisherton Street and the nearby cultural quarter."

The regeneration plans, for which £6million in funding has been secured from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will also include a transformation of the Market Walk, into a retail arcade with a boutique hotel, linking to a newly formed cultural quarter within the current Maltings site.

Further planning applications are expected later this year.

Council leader Jane Scott said the proposals will "deliver important change in this location and will help bring more visitors to our beautiful city".

The work to this site is expected to be completed by September 2020, with the Market Walk development to follow by February 2022.