Application to convert former Nike store in Broughton Park to PureGym under review by council
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This article is old – Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
A new application to convert the old Nike store in Broughton Park into a brand new PureGym has been resubmitted to county planners.
PureGym is a ‘no frills’ fitness club chain and is Britain’s largest gym chain with over 1,000,000 registered members at their gyms.
Most locations are open 24 hours a day and offer cardio equipment, fixed and free weights, and exercise classes, there are over 200 pieces of workout equipment at most gyms.
The sports hall operator originally submitted proposals to Flintshire Council in January 2019 for a new 1,069m² facility in Broughton Business Park.
The request for a new gymnasium in the double unit formerly occupied by Nike was approved shortly before the UK went into lockdown in March 2020.
PureGym’s interest in the site cooled when gyms were closed in the wake of the pandemic.
The unit was temporarily occupied by Aldo, the shoe retailer that fell into administration in June 2020.
Aldo signed a short-term lease and opened a pop-up shop selling discounted inventory.
The initial PureGym application allowed for the redevelopment of a unit with the addition of a 505 m² mezzanine.
If approved, the new plan will see “the simple conversion of the entire unit to accommodate Pure Gym plus the introduction of a 186m² mezzanine.
The current proposals would be slightly smaller than the original plan with a total floor area of 1,048 m².
A document submitted by Tetra Tech Planning states: “These revised proposals are deemed to contribute positively to the existing retail/leisure offering occupying the park, while the proposed gym contributes directly to PPW’s wellness objectives. (Planning Policy Wales) to encourage active and healthier lifestyles. ”
“The gymnasium will provide new employment opportunities, both direct and indirect, and represent a positive investment in the community of Broughton.”
The planning officer is currently reviewing the application based on “policies and all evidence and information received”.