Plans for 24 hour gym work out


Controversial plans to create a 24 hour gymnasium in Wilmslow town centre have been given the go ahead.

Last month North West Leisure re-submitted plans to create a 24 hour gymnasium in a prominent town centre building which has been empty for nearly three years.

The Anytime Fitness gym will occupy the ground floor and the first floor level of 52 Parsonage Green. The premises were most recently occupied by a sports bar but have been vacant since the building was repossessed on behalf of the landlord in May 2014. Prior to that the building was occupied by La Tasca restaurant.

The scheme includes some external alterations to the building - nine windows will be removed whilst timber cladding, external lighting and 4 air conditioning units will be installed.

North West Leisure submitted a planning application for a change of use for a gymnasium in December 2015 but this was withdrawn in February 2016.

Anytime Fitness will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and it is anticipated that the gym would provide employment for 5 part time and 5 full time members of staff.

Anytime Fitness now has over 3,500 clubs worldwide with approximately 110 operating within the UK.

The scale and form of the building will remain unchanged whilst nine windows will be removed to enable the outside of the unit to be clad in timber to match the first floor above the Tesco Express.

Anytime Fitness, Parsonage Green, Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Kendrick
Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 8:18 pm
The last thing the town needs when there is already no parking there and a leisure centre across the road!
Graham Morgan
Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 8:51 pm
Is this joke? A 24hr gym with no car parking.... what has the planning officers been smoking.
Helen Fowler
Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 9:40 pm
If anything makes the look of that row better gets my vote. A very ugly row of shops
Simon Worthington
Thursday 1st June 2017 at 5:22 am
Why the obsession with parking at this venue. It wouldn't matter if it was a retail outlet, a restaurant or an office. I thought the last thing the town needed was the girlie bar that was hounded out of town. Anything is better than a decaying building.
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 1st June 2017 at 6:36 am
I imagine that the busiest times of use will be early morning pre work and evening after work for the majority and isn't there a car park virtually opposite!?....Good luck to this venture....anything is better than a redundant unit
John Rowland
Thursday 1st June 2017 at 9:00 am
Appreciate parking isn't ideal but if you want to look at empty units blighting the town suggest moving to Oldham !
Ryan Dance
Thursday 1st June 2017 at 11:35 am
excellent decision and welcome addition.
Thursday 1st June 2017 at 11:45 am
This has to be the ugliest building in the town and, renovated, would have been ideal as a community centre. As to a gym, parking will be the problem because the parking opposite is actually leisure centre parking. It will interesting to see what Cheshire East comes up with to ensure that it is used by people who attend the leisure centre rather than this gym.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 1st June 2017 at 1:23 pm
The parking opposite is not leisure centre parking it is a piece of land owned by us via the council and charges for parking. It just happens to be close to the leisure centre. Broadway Meadow parking will be feely available apart from 8am-6pm but with my experience of watching the weightwatchers crowd at the church on Water Lane trying to park next to the door that will be far too far to walk.
Thursday 1st June 2017 at 7:15 pm
Simon - the land opposite is on a lease to the leisure centre until 2029. Much will depend on the terms of their lease.