DEMOLITION work has started at the former British Heart Foundation and Original Factory Shop units in Salisbury as part of the first phase of the Maltings redevelopment.

The buildings are making way for a new hotel, gym, cafe and library.

Wiltshire Council backed the plans in September.

The previous application was rejected after councillors ruled that the size and design would not fit in with the character of the area.

Council chiefs, last month, agreed to release funding towards taking ownership of the Maltings and Central car park site.

But the move will need to be signed off by Full Council on November 26 before talks can be entered into with landowners.

This would allow the authority to either buy or rent parts of the land, as well as buildings, on the site.