Traffic lights call as bid to transform shut Exmouth Carpetright store into 24-hour gym wins support

A budget national fitness chain’s plans to turn Exmouth’s closed Carpetright store into a 24-hour gym have won the support of town councillors.

Backing came with a call from one representative for traffic lights at the busy entrance of Liverton Business Park.

The Gym, which operates 160 health centres around the country, has set its sights on the currently-vacant unit.

Its proposals for a change of use include installing a 3,000sq ft mezzanine level to nearly double the space available in the currently-vacant premises.

The mooted fitness hub would create 15 full-time jobs and be open day and night, seven days a week – including bank holidays.

The scheme secured the support of Exmouth Town Council’s Planning Committee this evening (Monday).

Councillor Frank Cullis said the bid should be supported, adding: “It’s going to create jobs.”

Cllr Brian Toye told colleagues: “Perhaps we should always take the opportunity when things crop up at Liverton park to push for traffic lights at the entrance.”

East Devon District Council will decide the fate of the application.

The proposed gym would feature a wide range of cardio-vascular rowing, running and cycling machines and resistance weights equipment.

Changing rooms, an office, store and entrance lobby would also be created.

The Gym Ltd says it is looking to expand into new locations throughout the UK.

It has similar operations across the country in places such as Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter, London, Manchester, Plymouth, Reading and Southampton.

The firm describes itself as a ‘budget operator’ which provides ‘a high-quality but cheaper option’ for health and fitness activity. Its prices start from £10.99 a month.

Carpetright’s Exmouth store shut last year after the retailer cut 300 jobs and closed a total of 92 outlets across the country.

The site has 17 car parking spaces.

The Tower Street Methodist Church in Exmouth town centre is set to be turned into a gym after plans were given the go-ahead last month.

National fitness chain reveals plans to turn closed Exmouth Carpetright store into 24-hour gym

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