Plans for new health and fitness studio in former South Shields GP surgery

Plans have been lodged to convert a former doctors surgery into private health and fitness studios.

South Tyneside Council registered a planning application for 17 Westoe Road in South Shields, near South Shields Town Hall.

The change of use bid aims to transform the former surgery into offices and health facilities.

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According to planning documents, the building stopped operating as a doctors surgery in 2016.

The former GP surgery, which is next door to Emma Lewell-Buck MP's office

New proposals aim to provide an extra parking space in the rear yard and could create five new jobs – including three full-time and two part-time roles.

Information provided by the applicant stresses that the fitness and wellbeing studios are not open to the public as a conventional gym.

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Activities will mainly involve small groups led by a personal trainer on a one-to-one/two basis .

Private clients would also attend to a “scheduled appointment system.”

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A planning statement goes on to say: “The fitness studio will be fitted with sound-absorbent flooring but nevertheless will not involve multi-occupancy/ noisy equipment / loud music.”

Proposed opening times for the health studios include 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday and occasionally between 8am-4pm on Saturdays.

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Comments on the plans can be made by writing to the council before April 24.

For more information, visit South Tyneside Council’s planning portal and search reference: ST/0208/20/FUL

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It is not yet known when the venture would open if approved. Gyms are currently closed as part of restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Councillors will examine recommendations by planning officers before making a decision on the proposals.