The revised planning application for a hotel, gym and library in Salisbury's Maltings has been unanimously approved by the Strategic Planning Committee.
The plans, submitted by developers Janus Henderson, include the demolition of the existing building on the former British Heart Foundation store on Fisherton Street and the construction of a new building that will accommodate a library and separate gym on the ground floor, and an 86-room hotel on the first and second floors.
Pauline Church, Cabinet Member for South Wiltshire Recovery, said, 'This approval signals the exciting first step in the regeneration of this important site and will bring an enhanced retail, leisure and residential offer benefitting our residents, businesses and visitors.
'This is the start of Salisbury's journey. We have an ambitious programme of projects in the pipeline that will boost the city's economy and provide an environment that will support culture, retail, learning and social interaction with the aim of making Salisbury a destination of choice.'
Janus Henderson UK property PAIF has been working alongside Wiltshire Council on the delivery of a masterplan centred around The Maltings and Central Car Park.
Marcus Langlands Pearse, fund manager at Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF, added, 'We are extremely pleased that the planning permission for the hotel site has been granted, launching the first stage of the physical transformation of the Maltings.
'The city has long deserved a capital injection to boost its retail and leisure offering and this redevelopment signals the first step to providing enhanced amenities for locals and visitors alike. We have and continue to work very closely with Wiltshire and Salisbury Councils to deliver a strategically considered solution.'