Liverton gym plans get the go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 01:01 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 June 2010

PLANNING bosses have thrown their weight behind plans for a new female fitness gym in Withycombe, despite concerns over the loss of an industrial unit in the town. East Devon District Council's Development Control Committee has approved plans for the chan

PLANNING bosses have thrown their weight behind plans for a new female fitness gym in Withycombe, despite concerns over the loss of an industrial unit in the town.East Devon District Council's Development Control Committee has approved plans for the change of use of a unit at Liverton Business Park from manufacturing and storage to leisure.Councillors had expressed concerns over allowing units, earmarked for industrial use, to be used for leisure purposes - but agreed that allowing a gymnasium to take over from a storage unit was a positive step for the area.Councillor Geoff Chamberlain said that businesses are reluctant to invest in the units because their ownership of them is limited to a leasehold, adding that, because businesses were not queuing up to take over the plots, he was happy to support the application.Cllr Williamson also backed the change of use, adding that the idea of fitness suites based within an industrial site was not uncommon across the country.Cllr Ann Liverton said: "Change of use from a manufacturing unit would concern me more than change from a storage unit, but a gym is better than a storage unit, and better than no use at all."The approval has been granted with the condition that if the gymnasium ceases trading the site will revert back to industrial use.

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