Posted: Tue, November 16, 2021
Update: Tue 16 Nov
A new app to turn the old Broughton Park Nike store into a brand new PureGym has been resubmitted to county planners.
PureGym is a chain of ‘no-frills’ fitness clubs and is Britain’s largest gym chain with over 1,000,000 registered members in their gyms.
Most locations are open 24 hours a day and offers cardio equipment, fixed and free weights, and exercise classes, there are over 200 workout equipment in most gyms.
The gymnasium operator initially submitted proposals to Flintshire Council in January 2019 for a new 1,069m² facility in Broughton Business Park.
The request for a new gym in the double unit formerly occupied by Nike was approved shortly before the UK lockdown in March 2020.
PureGym’s interest in the site cooled when gyms were closed following the pandemic.
The unit was temporarily occupied by Aldo, the shoe retailer which fell under administration in June 2020.
Aldo signed a short-term lease and opened a “pop-up” store selling inventory at reduced prices.
The initial PureGym request enabled 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 as well as 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 offerings occupying the park, while the proposed gym directly contributes to the welfare goals of PPW ( Planning Policy Wales) to encourage active and healthier lifestyles. “
“The gymnasium will provide new employment opportunities, both direct and indirect, and be 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”.