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A Lichfield health club has drawn up plans to improve its facilities.

The David Lloyd club at Wall Island hopes to build a two storey extension and a “spa garden” as well as refurbishing the pool terrace area.

The company also plans to make an air dome which is used to cover three tennis courts during parts of the year a permanent fixture.

A statement supporting the planning application said the changes were the latest part of a drive to improve the former Virgin Active and Esporta site.

“Over the past two years, David Lloyd has undergone a cultural transformation to re-energise the business and empower and engage clubs to deliver an exceptional level of member experience,” the statement said.

“Part of the transformation has been to increase mindfulness and wellbeing through investing in a number of their key facilities by expanding spa facilities on-site and introduce outdoor spa gardens.

“David Lloyd Lichfield has limited internal spa facilities and there have been a number of requests for the upgrading of current facilities from club members.

“Additionally, the club is looking to add additional studio space as there have been considerable requests for this.”

The company will lose one of its four tennis courts to make way for the extension, but said it hoped to make better use of the three remaining ones with a permanent cover.

“The demand for tennis has grown nationally and within the local area and this has resulted in changing members needs, such that demand at the club for playing under cover now outstrips supply substantially.

“The site already has no indoor court and there are significant requests from members to be able to use the courts all year round. This is impacting on the business and its ability to meet the needs of members.

“The proposed development involved the replacement of the three-court seasonal air dome to a permanent air dome enclosure.

“The air dome is an inflatable covering which allows tennis to be played on the external courts all year round, regardless of weather conditions.”

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


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