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New gym at Clifton Moor set to be approved
PLANS for a new gym on the site of York’s former superclub could be approved this week despite concerns the area may be overloaded with fitness centres.
Developers want to convert the Clifton Moor building where the Ikon & Diva nightclub operated until 2005, creating eight new jobs in the process. The plans are to be debated by councillors, after the site became vacant following the departure of an outdoor clothing firm.
City of York Council planning officers have said the Stirling Road scheme should go ahead despite 20 objections, some saying there was an “over-concentration” of gyms in the area, with Clifton Moor already having two and another being based at nearby York Business Park. Some local businesses have also claimed the gym would add to congestion on the Outer Ring Road and parking problems.
However, a report by council planner Erik Matthews said there had been no major parking issues when Ikon & Diva was open and the proposed development would have “significantly” more parking spaces – 131 – than the nightclub had provided. It also said most of its customers would not use the A1237, and the site was unsuitable for use as a retail unit.
“Despite concerns in respect of over-concentration of similar uses in the vicinity, there is no evidence of a particular issue and it is not the role of the planning system to intervene in issues of commercial competition,” said the report.
The council’s area planning sub-committee has also been advised to approve the demolition of the Wills & Ellis garage on Boroughbridge Road and replace it with a new, larger petrol station, a shop and a drive-through restaurant, with the development by the Skelwith Group likely to lead to 15 new full and part-time jobs.
Upper Poppleton Parish Council has said the scheme is “inappropriate” for the green belt and will affect traffic and nearby residents, with 20 other objection letters handed in. Mr Matthews’ report on this application said the development, near the new Park&Ride facility at Poppleton, would not have a bigger impact on the countryside than the existing garage and its layout would improve traffic flow.
The vehicle service and maintenance centre at the site is to move to new premises, with York Van Centre’s showroom moving to the firm’s Shipton-by-Beningbrough base.
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