Activity in old Coop

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Sydenham Syd
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Activity in old Coop

Post by Sydenham Syd »

In other news...quite a lot of activity in the old Coop yesterday. Some guys drilling some piles into the floor to see what the foundation depth was.
The guys didn’t seem to know what was going on, but movement nonetheless.

JamesSyd
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Re: Activity in old Coop

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Looks like there is a planning application in to change the Co-Op from a retail space to a gym. Can't access the supporting documents at the moment, but the agent dealing with it also manages the portfolio of the Gym Group.

Does anyone know more?

RJM
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Re: Activity in old Coop

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The application says it's The Gym Ltd. The plans have a gym, weights space and functional zone on the ground floor, then a first floor with showers/changing and additional main gym space, as well as a lot of plant space.

I like that a gym could open up directly opposite The Cake Store :)

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Re: Activity in old Coop

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It all seems to have gone quiet again. No sign of any workmen. And the supermarket shelves haven't been moved.

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Re: Activity in old Coop

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I don’t recall anyone saying that the planning application had been approved so I’m not surprised activity has stopped. I imagine it was exploratory work and nothing significant would happen until a decision.

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Re: Activity in old Coop

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The application looks like it only went in just before Christmas, so it wouldn't have had time to be approved yet. Presumably one of the Planning Committees at the end of January/beginning of February? Or do they need a longer lead in time for this sort of thing?

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Post by JGD »

Havn't seen the papers either.

Timings depend on whether its a delegated matter to officers - and then a 4-8 week lead time is fairly normal for the preparation of reports etc. It could even be 12-16 weeks dependant upon criteria.

You may have seen criticism in the national press over the last few days whereby a governmental health officer was observing an across the country phenomina where it is easier to get planning approval for a fast food outlet than it is for a gymnasium. Despite it being government policy to promote healthier eating for the populace and to encourage them to take more exercise.

Our local authority has been guilty of this practice. In recent years a national food chain was granted planning permission for their new restaurant with mandatory planning conditions to be satisfied post-approval whereas a small London based business attempted to get permission for a yoga/gym studio and the council treated their application very differently and deemed that all manadatory conditions had to be demonstrably met before permission could be granted.

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