Notice of public consultation on the Salisbury River Park Masterplan and draft proposals for Phase 1 of the River Park project

Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency are working in partnership to deliver a flood alleviation, environmental and public realm improvement project in central Salisbury which will reduce flood risk, enhance biodiversity, enrich public enjoyment of the rivers and build climate change resilience. We are inviting you to view and comment on these proposals.

The consultation starts at 9:00am Thursday 19th November 2020 and ends at 5:00pm Friday 8th January 2021

This consultation is split into two sections:

Section 1: Salisbury River Park Masterplan


Section 1 asks for your feedback on the draft Salisbury River Park Masterplan, which sets the guiding principles for the whole of the River Park area.  The River Park will create a lasting legacy of riverside green space and urban wildlife habitat for the people of Salisbury and its visitors to enjoy well into the future. The River Park area will better connect the linear riverside route from the Ashley Road Open Space towards Elizabeth Gardens, north to south through the centre of Salisbury along the margins of the River Avon. It will enhance the setting and quality of the river while delivering essential flood risk mitigation to protect existing and future residents and businesses, building resilience to the effects of climate change. The Masterplan for the River Park sets out the guiding principles of how the project will be delivered in phases, with the latter phases dependent on securing funding.


Section 2: Detailed plans for Phase 1 of the Salisbury River Park (Salisbury Central Car Park, Ashley Road Open Space and Fisherton Recreation Ground)


Section 2 asks for your feedback on the Environment Agency’s draft detailed proposals for Phase 1 of the River Park that will form part of a planning application next year. Phase 1 will provide critical flood risk alleviation infrastructure and environmental improvements in Salisbury’s central car park, the Ashley Road Open Space and Fisherton Recreation Ground. This part of the project is being led by the Environment Agency, with support from Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council. The Phase 1 project is to be part-funded by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership via the Local Growth Fund.

How to find out more information

Details about the draft Masterplan and the draft Phase 1 planning application proposals will be available on Wiltshire Council’s website at from 9:00am Thursday 19th November 2020.

Wiltshire Council and the Environment Agency will be hosting 2 online webinars about the project where a presentation will be given, along with an opportunity for you to ask questions. These will take place on:

Anyone wishing to ask questions at the webinar events are encouraged to submit these in advance by emailing stating ‘Questions for Webinar’ in the heading and which of the two webinars they will be attending. Questions can also be asked during the webinar events.

How to comment on the proposals


Comments are invited until 5:00pm Friday 8th January 2021. Comments can be made:


Comments must be received no later than 5pm Friday 8th January.

For those without internet access, wishing to dial in to the webinar events, or requesting paper copies of the consultation material please contact Wiltshire Council’s customer services team on 0300 456 0100.

Should you require further information, please email:

Yours faithfully

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