Plan for 24-hour gym in former Designer Fabric Warehouse premises in Grantham

The Designer Fabric Warehouse closed at the end of 2014. Photo: Google
The Designer Fabric Warehouse closed at the end of 2014. Photo: Google

A 24-hour gym may be set to open in the former Designer Fabric Warehouse premises in Grantham.

Anytime Fitness has submitted a planning application to the planning authority to change the use of the premises from retail to leisure. If granted, the company will launch a gym, which will remain open to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

However, it would not be staffed all hours. According to the planning application, the gym would be staffed between 10am and 9pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm at weekends.

To mitigate the risks during hours when staff are not present, entry will be gained via a tailgate detection system, which would allow only one person to gain entry at a time.

The application states: “Anytime Fitness members can work out at their convenience. Gym members use a security access key fob to enter the club at all times, even when it’s not staffed.

“Members who use Anytime Fitness clubs outside normal hours often comprise of shift workers such as community servants, nurses and correctional/police/fire officers.”

Up to eight jobs would be created, including a full-time manager.

Plans submitted to South Kesteven District Council – by franchisee Paul Woodhouse, of Long Clawson – show the gym would feature a cardiovascular area, fixed resistance, free weights, a multi-purpose room and functional training space, as well as lobby, staff and changing areas.

It claims that noise would not be an issue as Westgate is the “hub of nightlife in the area” with many bars and clubs open until 4am. Therefore, ‘the impact of a 24-hour gym in this area would be hard to notice’.

The Designer Fabric Warehouse closed around 18 months ago and has remained vacant since.

The premises includes 48 car parking spaces to the rear of the building.

Anytime Fitness was founded in 2002 and now has 3,000 clubs worldwide, 72 of which are in the UK.

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