New gym for personal training and football coaching refused planning permission

Plans to turn an industrial unit into a gym have been refused by East Ayrshire Council.

Blueprints were drawn up to transform unit 2 at Bonnyton Industrial Estate in Kilmarnock but the proposal was knocked back after planners determined the nature of the business was not ‘business or industrial’.

Bonnyton Industrial Estate is ‘safeguarded’ for business and industrial developments and the local authority surmised that the proposal from Callum Corbett-Peters was “not consistent” with the land designation and that “no justification has been provided to show that the change of use would not result in a shortfall of business and industrial premises within Kilmamock.”

The applicant wanted to provide personal coaching and football coaching at the site, which would also include “a fully equipped personal training studio” that will allow the gym to offer “more personalized training sessions to clients”.

A supporting statement from Mr Corbett-Peters reads: “CP Sport and Fitness aims to create a facility which will enhance both the physical and mental well-being of people in the local area.

“The introduction of an indoor facility will provide opportunity for all year-round delivery of our services. Since our formation last year, our services have proven extremely popular.

“The plan for the facility is to merge both personal training and football coaching elements of our business and bring them together in one location.

“This will address the issues with the unpredictable Scottish weather and enable us to offer all year-round football sessions.

“As both aspects of the facility will be merged into one location, there will be an increased level of opportunity for cross-over between the two.

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“More experienced footballers can now develop their technical skills on the Astroturf, as well as their conditioning in the gym.

“Similarly, those who enjoy resistance training in a gym environment but hate cardio machines will be granted the opportunity to experience new forms of cardio through the form of sport and sport-specific classes — football conditioning class and drills with balls.

“In addition, this space will also allow for future expansion into other sports with a ready-made facility to cater for varying activities – rugby coaching and day-time multi-sport classes for toddlers and children.”

But East Ayrshire Council planners refused the plan to change the use of the building from industrial class to gym class.

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The refusal states: “The proposal is contrary to Overarching Policy OP1 subsections (i) and (in) of the East Ayrshire Local Development Plan 2017.

“The application site is within allocated development site 322B which is safeguarded for business and industrial development.

“The proposal is not consistent with this land designation and no justification has been provided to show that the change of use would not result in a shortfall of business and industrial premises within Kilmamock.”

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