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Plans unveiled for 24-hour gym on site of former Burntwood supermarket

Burntwood could get a 24-hour gym if plans for a former supermarket site are approved.

The former Tesco site in Burntwood. Pic: Google Streetview

The former Tesco site in Burntwood. Pic: Google Streetview

Developers hope to convert the former Tesco Express store on Cannock Road.

As well as the round-the-clock gym, they also want to create two retail units.

A statement supporting the application said residents need not be concerned about potential noise through the night: “The proposed tenants will actively manage impact of noise.

“They will avoid loud bass beats typically associated with most gyms. Rather the proposed gym will have low volume background music.

“There will also be use of control equipment that sets music to levels that do not exceed approved levels.”

The statement added that any cardio classes would end at 10pm – and said research showed that overnight usage of 24 hour gyms was relatively low.

“The proposed gym and retail units, and general uplift to a vacant building, will make a positive contribution to the locality,” the statement continued.

“The proposals will enhance the vitality and viability of this part of the community.”

Full details of the proposals can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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8 Comments

  1. Nellygb

    22nd November, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    “The proposed gym and retail units, and general uplift to a vacant building, will make a positive contribution to the locality,” No it won’t. Take a look across the road where there are empty run down retail units that have been empty for ever. What would make a difference is if the council got off their arses and contacted the landlords to get the front weeded and generally tidied up. Expect it will get done by the council when the cameras are out for the round table santa sleigh appearance. Wouldn’t happen down the big city…just saying

  2. Nick

    22nd November, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    The whole thing is a joke, another gym just what we need!! Lucky it’s just a planning application and it’s never going to happen.

  3. Trudi

    23rd November, 2017 at 9:53 am

    We don’t even need a gym, we have 3 already 😡

  4. BurntwooodBill

    23rd November, 2017 at 10:17 am

    People seem to be confusing need and commercialism. Burntwood might not need a gym and may have a more pressing need for other facilities, but if a business decides it can survive then why shouldn’t it? There’s also the knock on effect. If a business thrives, it creates a footfall ecology which attracts more business.

    Yes, Burntwood has a raw deal, but the martyr act isn’t helping the situation in any way, shape or form.

  5. Nick D

    23rd November, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Anything would be better than the current state of dereliction, but I find it difficult to summon any enthusiasm for a 24-hour gym. Whatever happened to the Costa Coffee that was originally promised?

  6. Brad

    25th November, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Little disappointing reading the comments here and on facebook. The emptiness of buildings often gets people complaining, but when plans are issued similar people complain still.
    Having a gym in the centre of town, next to McD’s and on the main road could possibly bring more foot traffic. Bringing another Gym into town may finally give proper competition to the Leisure Centre (which currently charges £35/month for a basic gym membership). A business can create local jobs, and may even invest to keep the area clean and tidy. We should not turn our backs on businesses that wish to set up in our great town. We need diverse businesses, we need something for the young to do, as well as working-folks. We should be happy to see empty buildings wanting to be bought and operated by businesses.

  7. Rob

    26th November, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Will potential gym-users be issued with gas-masks to negate the all pervading stench of curry and chips that settles on the area from 11.00 am onwards?

  8. Frances Lawes

    26th November, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Lol 😀