Mixed reaction over plans for a 24hr gym inside Dorchester Co-op

Mixed reaction over plans for a 24hr gym inside Dorchester Co-op

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:56am 23rd January 2020.

Plans for a second 24-hour gym for Dorchester has led to a divided reaction.

Comments about the application, within the existing Co-OP building in Trinity Street, are divided – some welcoming the extra competition for existing gyms, with others worried about potential late noise to nearby homes and more pressure on parking.

Several have welcomed that using half of the large Co-Op building will help keep the supermarket in the town centre.

But others have questioned if the gym is needed.

Dorchester Town Council has recommended approval of the application although it has also expressed concern about the loss of a silver birch tree near the proposed gym entrance and has asked for adequate security lighting and CCTV.

Proposed gym access in the corner of the Forum Centre, next to the Salvation Army charity shop

The application, if approved by Dorset Council, will see the supermarket continue to trade, but re-configured to half the size it is now.

The Dorchester operation, if approved, will involve a mix of rowing, running and cycling machines together with resistance machines.

It says any music will be low level and background only.

Environmental Health has suggested that if the application is approved noise levels should be agreed in advance and then monitored, and adjusted, if necessary, once the building is in use.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter