For­mer work­shop to be­come mar­tial arts space

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

RE­TAIL space in a town is to be turned into a mar­tial arts stu­dio, af­ter the plans were given the green light.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted to Cotswold Dis­trict Coun­cil, con­cerns the site at Unit 3a, The Wool­mar­ket, Cirences­ter.

The build­ing in the small court­yard of shops, pro­fes­sional ser­vices and a cafe used to be a dress­mak­ers work­shop.

A report to the coun­cil states per­mis­sion was granted in 2010 for it to be turned into a ladies gym, how­ever those plans never came to fruition and the area was used for re­tail stor­age.

A year ago, plan­ners gave the go-ahead for the unit to be­come a Thai mas­sage treat­ment stu­dio. That project also stalled, the report adds.

“Al­though the premises have not been in ac­tive use for some time, their cur­rent law­ful use is as an­cil­lary re­tail stor­age and the pro­posed change of use is there­fore nec­es­sary to fa­cil­i­tate use of the premises as a new mar­tial arts stu­dio,” it says.

One full-time mem­ber of staff will be em­ployed at the busi­ness, while self­em­ployed work­ers will be re­cruited when re­quired.

The stu­dio will be open be­tween 6am and 9pm Mon­day to Satur­day.

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