Architects have listened to public concerns expressed in the consultation period and have improved the design of the building, including increasing the size of the Library. Residents can look forward to a modern, fit-for-purpose library for all ages in Salisbury, according to the city council’s planning committee.

At its meeting on June 10, the committee noted the changes and considered the revised plans, and design and impact on the conservation area.

Several councillors who were not in favour of the proposals voiced their concerns.

They were concerned about the building exceeding the ’40ft height rule’ for buildings in the conservation area, although they agreed it would not affect the sight-lines to the Cathedral. They agreed it was probably necessary to accommodate a hotel for the scheme it to be economically viable.

Cllr John Farquhar, committee chairman, said: ‘I was pleased the Committee and community had an opportunity to discuss this application with the architect and Wiltshire Council and after a robust discussion of a range of issues. It was recognised that compromise was necessary for the Maltings redevelopment to go ahead, the committee voted to support the planning application.’

The decision will be made by Wiltshire Council and the Maltings Masterplan is due to be discussed by its Strategic Planning Committee this month. The committee will  make the ultimate approval decision on the application, which includes an 86-room hotel, library, gym and restaurant, and relocation of the library.

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