A GREENFIELD gym closed since the floods of November 2016 is set to re-open under new ownership.
Plans to re-develop the former Lifestyle Fitness Centre on Wellington Road have been lodged with Oldham Council on behalf of Sarah Wrigley.
If successful, the building, closed now for 18 months, will be turned into a fitness centre, café, two retail units – expected to be health and beauty types of use (hairdresser/barbers) – and offices.
There will be parking for up to 10 vehicles, including one disabled space, and the application submitted by Mark Jones Planning Consultancy says the new business will employ eight people.
The gym will open seven days a week from 7.30am to 9.30pm.
The café will be open from 7.30am to 6pm on Monday to Saturdays and from 9am to 4pm on Sundays.
It will mainly be a coffee shop that sells cakes, sandwiches, platters, soups and salads.
The application says: “Its main business will be at lunchtime and will hopefully attract people working at the nearby businesses.”
“The proposal will bring an empty building back into use and will result in local facilities being brought into the area.
“The proposed external changes are considered to be a much-needed improvement to the building.
‘“The formation of first floor accommodation to one of the shops and the café will make the building more attractive to future tenants, whilst being an acceptable distance from the nearby houses to protect privacy and residential amenity.”
The building was used for many years as a sports and social club for Clearspan Ltd until its closure in the late 1980s.
Derek Ireland, 53, is the former director of Lifestyle Fitness Centre Ltd. The business was officially dissolved on January 16, 2018.