Gym consistent with central activities zone objectives

The change of use of part of a building within a core central activities zone (CCAZ) and conservation area in central London to a gym would be compatible with its role and function, an inspector has concluded, overruling the council's claim that the use would not be of international or national importance.

The majority of the building was occupied as a hotel. The appellant proposed to re-use space formerly used as a private members' club, with the gym opening between 6am and 10pm each day. The surrounding area had a mixed use character, the inspector recognised, involving hotels, restaurants, offices, high commission and embassies along with residential and offices uses. The gym would be consistent with this mixed character and consequently would not be at odds with the objectives underpinning the CCAZ. It had been marketed for other uses including a gallery or theatre and the accommodation had been judged unsuitable because of the floor to ceiling height, size and/or location.

Inspector: Grahame Gould; Written representations

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