Plans have been approved to use a former office in Uckfield as a low-cost gym which would be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Wealden Council has given permission for the Anytime Fitness gym to open on ground and first floor levels at Suite 4, Bell Walk House. The entrance would be between The Kit Wilson Trust charity shop and Kids Stuff. Both those shops will carry on as usual and their premises are not affected by the plans.
Conditions have been attached to the planning permission to avoid noise affecting neighbours across the High Street, and businesses within and around Bell Walk House.
They include adapting floors and walls to achieve a “reasonable resistance” to structural-borne noise and vibration; and the submision of a noise assessment.
Windows should be closed at all times, music will not be permitted before 7am and after 9pm, and will be limited inside those hours.
Another condition is that group classes only occur during staffed hours, with the last class finishing at, or before, 9pm.
Read more detail about the gym plans in our original story below.
From our original story published on April 11, 2017:
A statement included with the planning application says Anytime Fitness are a ‘low-cost’ gym, providing rolling monthly contracts which allow members to cancel their membership at any time.
The statement says: “The proposed gymnasium will principally provide strength training and cardio equipment for members’ use alongside changing and shower facilities, personal lockers and WCs (incorporating disabled access facilities).
“Audible music will be strictly controlled by staff members, to protect the amenity of nearby occupiers.
“The proposed gym will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring it provides members with convenient faciities, featuring top-quality exercise equipment and security and surveillance systems throughout the day and night.”
The statement says Anytime Fitness is an example where the model has expanded nationally and internationally with more than 3,000 locations worldwide and over 2.5 million members.
“The concept is based around a no-strings attached principle where gymnasiums contain a large selection of market leading equipment without the items which are expensive to operate and maintain, such as swimming pools, saunas or studios.”
*Uckfield Town Council plans committee last night voted to support the application when it goes before Wealden District Council for determination.
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