Dorchester Co-Op could become gym

Dorchester Co-Op could become gym

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 4:40pm 20th November 2019. (Updated at 6:45am 21st November 2019)

Part of Co-Op in Dorchester could be turned into a 24-hour gym.

The Co-Op in Trinity Street is asking Dorset Council to agree a change of use - with part of the store to be walled up and a new entrance created for a 24-hour gym and fitness centre.

The supermarket will continue trading but would end up almost half the size it is currently.

The application says the company will create 15 jobs.

Co Op Dorchester

A decision on the application is not expected to come before councillors and will be made by a planning officer in the New Year.

There has been no objection to the application from the Highways Department, the only consultee to have expressed a view so far.

The change of use application comes from The Gym Ltd and will, if agreed, involve 663 square metres of the store, to the right of the building, being used as a gym and fitness centre with a secure pin-code entry system. 

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It is expected to involve only minor exterior alterations to create a separate entrance close to the Salvation Army shop in the corner of the Forum Centre, although a tree may have to be removed.

What to expect

If approved there will be a mix of rowing, running and cycling machines together with resistance (weight) machines. 

It says any music will be low level and background only and claims the volume will be controlled by limiters which should not result in any disturbance to neighbours - the closest being a row of listed town houses at Alexandra Terrace, immediately behind the side of the building.

If approved the Co-Op will continue to trade, as it does now, and will be left with 730 square metres of trading space.

Co Op Dorchester

Comments on the proposal, which can be seen on the Dorset Council planning website, remain open until December 17th.

Dorchester already has several gyms, including another 24-hour operation, which opened at Brewery Square last year.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter