Former Salisbury toy store could become betting shop

A former toy shop in Salisbury could be converted into a betting shop if plans are approved.

Betfred – under the name of Done Brothers (Cash Betting) Ltd – has submitted an application to Wiltshire Council for a new shop at 45 Blue Boar Row.

The premises was formerly occupied by The Entertainer toy shop, which closed in January this year.

And ID Planning, which prepared the application on behalf of the betting firm, said the scheme would bring the prominent building back into use – with the current Betfred in Winchester Street closing.

“The existing store (in Winchester Street) is smaller than the application property and Betfred requires a larger premises to meet demand,” it said.

“The proposal therefore seeks a relocation of Betfred’s existing bookmaker business within Salisbury and would not result in any additional bookmakers’ business within the city centre.

“Relocation of Betfred’s business within the city centre will retain a local business, staff employment and bring a vacant unit back into use within Salisbury.”

The application bids to change the use of the building from retail to a betting shop.

It has been vacant for the eight months since The Entertainer closed, and the applicant believes the closing Betfred premises will be easier to let, as it is a smaller site.

The scheme will now be considered by council planners.

For more details, and to comment on the application, log on to and search for application reference PL/2022/07032.

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