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Former PC World in Bury St Edmunds empty for five years could be transformed into a 24-hour gym




A long empty shop in Bury St Edmunds could be converted into a 24-hour gym creating 15 jobs.

National company The Gym Ltd wants to expand into the former PC World at Robert Boby Retail Park, which has been empty for five years.

Proposals submitted to West Suffolk Council said the gym would employ 15 full-time equivalent members of staff, who 'will be recruited locally where possible'.

The former PC World at Robert Boby Retail Park in Bury St Edmunds has been empty for five years. Picture: Mark Westley
The former PC World at Robert Boby Retail Park in Bury St Edmunds has been empty for five years. Picture: Mark Westley

The facility will include a range of rowing, running, cycling and weights equipment.

A planning, design and access statement said gym members would use the car park next to the building.

It said The Gym, which has more than 180 facilities across the country, was a 'considerate and conscientious operator' and had 'well-established and tried and tested measures' to ensure there would be no harmful noise impact on the surrounding area.

Comparing it to similar sized gyms, it said only 9.29 per cent of visits are made between 11pm and 6am, with 'very minimal attendance' between midnight and 6am, so the potential for noise during these hours was 'limited'.

It added: "The proposals will have a positive impact on the town centre, providing for the active and beneficial reuse of an existing building and providing a clean, safe and accessible facility which fits within the nature of this retail park location and delivering an affordable and accessible fitness facility to improve the health and wellbeing of the community."

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