TIME is running out for residents to have their say on the draft masterplan for the redevelopment of the Maltings and Central Car Park.

The consultation is open until 5pm on Friday, May 24.

If given approval, the masterplan will be used to assess current and future planning applications within the Maltings area.

The Market Walk and The Maltings area proposes a new double story arcade through the central arch of Market Walk, creation of a gateway entrance, a new pedestrian boulevard providing a direct link through the site from Market Walk to the Cultural Quarter and public realm enhancements to the Cheese Market.

The Cultural Quarter around the Playhouse and City Hall would have provision for a “replacement library and art gallery” as well as a potential space for art installations and galleries, including the Young Gallery, and a hotel.

There would also be a branded entrance point and space for pop-up shops and bars.

The plan also says the redevelopment offers an opportunity to reduce the flood risk and would look at creating a green corridor between the Avon Valley Path to Salisbury Cathedral.

The masterplan also outlines improvements to the riverside area and linked pedestrian routes. The coach park would be redeveloped with a welcome area for tourists.

Richard Walters, Wiltshire Council’s project manager for the Maltings development, speaking at Salisbury Area Board on Thursday night, said more than 100 written responses had been received so far, adding: "It is fair to say with any consultation you'll get a range. It's been encouraging that we have had some very positive response and we've also had objections and criticisms across a range of things."

A main concern was the relocation and size of the library and also the impact on the Young Gallery.

There were also concerns over a reduction in parking spaces and the development of more retail spaces with respondents saying they would prefer to see empty shops filled.

There was support for the development of leisure opportunities but a "mixed response" on whether there should be a cinema in the Cultural Quarter.

And there was support in principle for the green corridor and "broad support" for enhancement to the coach park area.

The need for improvement to the wider highways network in the city was also flagged up.

Mr Walters said: "We are analysing the consultations and we're going to make appropriate changes to the masterplan."

The meeting heard that it was hoped the masterplan document would go before Wiltshire Council's strategic planning committee, who will meet in Salisbury, on June 19.

To comment on the draft masterplan, click here or email majorprojects@wiltshire.gov.uk; or post comments to Major Projects, Wiltshire Council, The Council House, Bourne Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3UZ.

The masterplan is available to view online or at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre and Salisbury Library.