PLANS have been submitted to expand The Old Castle Harvester restaurant in Old Sarum.

Mitchells and Butlers PLC own the Grade II listed building and have operated the premises under the Harvester brand since 1990.

They are seeking planning permission to expand the dining area, make changes to the lobby, add a new external freezer unit in an extension of the service yard, and erect some new fencing.

Listed Building Consent is also sought for all the items above, plus the following:

  • Complete refurbishment of one set of toilets
  • Strip out of secondary existing toilets to provide additional dining space
  • Provision of new wheelchair accessible toilet
  • Provision of ramp to enable wheelchair access to upper levels
  • Removal of raised floors to increase the area that is wheelchair accessible
  • Replacement glazing to toilet corridor
  • New partitions to enclose a rotisserie unit
  • Minor alterations to existing screens, fixed seating and other fitted items

Salisbury Journal: Plans for the Old Castle

'Designed to minimise disruption'

The design and access statement says that the proposed works are necessary "to secure (the premises') future in both terms of an ongoing successful enterprise and preserving the building".

It adds that the design intention is to extend and improve the accommodation in a manner that "retains the historic fabric and character of the building whilst modernising the restaurant facilities within the Harvester brand design concepts".

"On a more physical level, the works have been designed to minimise disruption to the original fabric of the Listed Building, limiting new structural works to those more modern areas.

"Indeed, the proposed extension is attached solely to structure erected in the last 30 years and all structural works such as partition removals and changes to floor levels only effect relatively modern parts of the building."

To read the plans in full, click here.

Salisbury Journal: Plans for the Old Castle

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