WORK on the site of a former petrol station has picked up pace this week.

Steel frames and a crane can be seen on the corner of Wilton Road and Devizes Road off St Paul's roundabout, which used to be an Old Ramparts Filling Station.

The petrol station was demolished in 2002, and without an approved planning application, it was left vacant.

Work had begun in early 2020, but must have fallen victim to the pandemic, and is only now resuming.

Salisbury Journal: The work on the corner of Devizes Road and Wilton Road

The plan is now to build 14 residential flats, commercial floor space, three residents parking spaces, bin store and secure cycle stores.

The proposal is for a "flagship building of the highest design quality, for one of the most important gateway sites in Salisbury".

It has been designed in accordance with the advice provided by the planning officers and urban designer at Wiltshire Council and as such, is considered to be an acceptable form of development.

Salisbury Journal: The work on the corner of Devizes Road and Wilton Road


The site has a rich history - it was once the home of local inventor Theodore Brown.

He lived in a town house on the site called Portland House.

Portland House was demolished in the 1920s, and the site was then redeveloped to create an art deco style garage - Henley's.

This was demolished in the 1960s and replaced with a much larger petrol station, which was then demolished in 2002.

Several applications for the re-development of the site have been made over the past decade.

In 2005, a proposal for 12 flats was refused, before a proposal for 11 flats and eight car spaces was approved in the same year.

Then, a proposal for 14 flats and commercial space was refused in 2007, with the appeal also dismissed.

In 2010, the current application was then approved.

In June 2016, a pre-application advice request was submitted to Wiltshire Council for the proposed redevelopment of the site into commercial floor space (use B1 & A2), parking, bin store and cycle storage.

In November 2016, additional plans were submitted to Wiltshire Council for review.

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