Planning for a new 86-bedroom Travelodge hotel, new library, gym and restaurant in Salisbury city centre has been lodged with Wiltshire Council.

The application by TH Real Estate, in partnership with the council, marks the first phase of a multi-million-pound regeneration of The Maltings.

The proposal covers sites on Fisherton Street and Malthouse Lane to be included in a new facility with the overall aim of supporting the city’s visitor economy.

A decision is expected in the spring.

According to the council, the initial phase is part of wider plans and more planning applications later this year. The plans are expected to include development of the existing library in Market Walk and public spaces in the Maltings.

Funding from the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) to support the whole regeneration scheme totals more than £6 million, but none for the initial phase.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “The proposal will bring important change and will help bring more visitors to our beautiful city.”

“It allows us to relocate the library into a new purpose-built facility so that enhancements to Market Walk and other phases of the city’s transformation can progress.”

Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP said: “This Government is committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future.”

“With a £6 million investment from the Local Growth Fund, an historic part of Salisbury City Centre is being brought back to life and fit for the needs of modern city dwellers and visitors alike.

“With this regeneration comes vital new jobs and investment opportunities too, which is just what this wonderful city needs as it seeks to attract more people to its local charms.”

Marcus Langlands Pearse of TH Real Estate said: “Travelodge is our hotel operator. We have reflected this in the design, which uses high quality materials and an architect-led approach that respects the historic city-scape of Salisbury and will bring a new vibrancy to this part of Fisherton Street and the nearby cultural quarter.”

John Mortimer, chairman of the SWLEP: “This important step in the regeneration of Salisbury has been facilitated through funding support from the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.”

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