Dorchester's getting a new gym - in a supermarket!

Dorchester's getting a new gym - in a supermarket!

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:46am 23rd April 2020.

Half of Dorchester’s town centre Co-op store could be converted to a 24-hour gym and fitness centre.

The shop itself will continue trading even if the scheme goes ahead.

Dorset Council has given permission for the change – despite a number of objections.

The application says the company will create 15 jobs. 

Co Op Dorchester


Ten letters of objection were received to the change of use – most concerned with the potential for noise and disturbance from the gym, some claiming there was no need for another 24-hour gym in the county town. Two wrote in favour.

Dorchester Town Council raised no objection in principle but were concerned about the possible loss of a silver birch tree and asked that adequate security lighting should be installed around the entrance.

If the change goes ahead the supermarket will continue trading throughout and has recently been given consent for new refrigeration units and outside signs.

Co Op Dorchester

The change of use application came from The Gym Ltd. It involves 663 square metres of the store, to the right of entrance, being used as a gym and fitness centre with a secure pin-code entry system.

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.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Demorcracy Reporter