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Bramley: Green light for new gym and martial arts studio

Plans to transform the former Dogs 4 Us pet shop behind Bramley Shopping Centre into a fitness and martial arts studio have been approved by Leeds City Council.

Richard Smith wants to transform the vacant unit into a fitness and martial arts studio via his well-established family-run business, Bad Company, which has outgrown its current location off York Road.

Work includes painting the building’s exterior cladding black to enhance its appearance and better integrate it with the surrounding area. The main entrance will be moved to where an existing roller shutter is situated to enable level access for wheelchair users. Internal modifications will involve constructing stud walls to establish a reception area and changing rooms. 

The development will also incorporate new EV charging points and a bike shelter.

The opening hours would be 9am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to noon on Sundays. The plans and council reports can be viewed in full here.

A council planning officer’s report approving the plans says:”The gym is conveniently located for pedestrian access, with clear pathways leading directly to the entrance. The site includes a private carpark, aiding accessibility for those arriving by vehicle.

“The new proposal includes designated disabled parking spaces located directly at the entrance, ensuring that individuals with mobility impairments have the shortest possible distance to travel. The gym is accessible via several public transport routes, with bus stops located close to the site.”

The proposals do not affect the pet grooming business next door.

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