Violating four Wiltshire Council core planning policies and lack of clarity about the master plan were given as reasons for opposing a planning application for 30-36 Fisherton Street, recently vacated by the British Heart Foundation and the Original Factory Shop.

Salisbury City Council planning committee considered the application on February 4, and objected, but claimed it did not comply with Wiltshire Council’s (WC’s) Core Planning Policies, and the WC Conservation Officer also recommended objection.

Committee chairman Cllr John Farquhar said: “The City Council supports and wishes to see the much-anticipated development of the Maltings get underway; but the Committee could not support this application because it violated four WC core planning policies and because of its detailed condemnation by the Conservation Officer.”

“We understand the application was made to allow the first stage of the Maltings development to go ahead, which involves providing an interim location for the library, but the lack of clarity about the master plan, especially around the long term future of the library, raised too many unanswered questions.

“The committee would welcome a new planning application that addressed these concerns.”

He thanked the public for going to the meeting.

“The committee tries to consider carefully every application on which it is consulted in the Salisbury area.  We are always most grateful to receive assistance in doing so from residents and business owners,” he said.

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