This application relates to the change of use of vacant premises above William Hill Bookmakers, 11-13 Stewarton Street, Wishaw to a relativelysmall fitness studio. The premises are currently being marketed as commercial offices, however the space has been vacant for eight years with its last use being storage for the William Hill premises below. The building is a two storey flat roof extension to the rear of the main buildingwhich is pitched roofed in design fronting Stewarton Street. The proposed fitness studio is to be located on the upper floor of this rear extension. It is worth noting that the extension does not have a street frontage and is not immediately apparent when travelling along Stewarton Street. Access is taken via a locked gated accesslalley up the side of the building. This is to remain open throughout business hours, but locked at night with CCTV installed. No external alterations are proposed other than replacement windows.
The surrounding area comprises a vast mix of uses including retail, offices, a dog grooming business, car parking, a public house and a gospel hall. There are no directly adjoining premises other than William Hill Bookmakers below, although there are other businesses in close proximity such as Fads which fronts Stewarton Street (which is also linked via a shared back yard area) and Global Video.
The applicant proposes a specific type of fitness facility, which comprises a relatively low-key program with no requirement for treadmillslexercise bikes etc. It should be noted however that under the terms of the ‘use class’ applied for this could effectively be introduced at a later date. The fitness studio is categorised as a ‘bad neighbour development’ and the application has been advertised as such.
The application is not of strategic significance. The adopted Burgh of Motherwell and Wishaw Development Plan 1953 zones the site for business purposes.
The relevant up to date policy position is that found in the Southern Area Local Plan Finalised Draft (modified 2001 & 2004) and policy RTL5 Town Centre Areas applies. Policies TRI 3 Assessing the Transport Implications of Development and RTL 11 Bad Neighbour Developments are also relevant.
My Traffic and Transportation Team Leader has no objection to the proposal although has advised of waiting restrictions on public roads in the vicinity. These are attached as an advisory note to the applicant.
My Pollution Control Manager has no objection to the proposal and having assessed the fitness facility program to be provided, in direct communication with the applicant, has also advised that there is no requirement for a noise survey at this time. This is on the basis that the intensity of the proposed use is such that it will be relatively low key, in terms of equipment and noise. A letter has however been issued to the applicant requiring that they contact Pollution Control should the nature of the facility change. Any future noise issues would be controlled via