A GYM’S plans to to expand into larger premises in Carlisle city centre have been given the go-ahead.

Following the approval by Carlisle City Council, Target Wrestling is looking to move to a new unit at Carlisle Enterprise Centre.

Currently, the industrial unit is in use by Rapid Repairs Appliance Care, which is moving out.

The applicant is keen to make use of the larger space to attract a wider range of members.

Target Wrestling is owned by John Nattrass and is currently based at another unit at the Enterprise Centre. Mr Nattrass said the current unit did not have sufficient space for his growing business and social distancing during training sessions.

He said: “The proposed use will cater to the surrounding local area, with most of the users constituting residents and employees from the surrounding neighbourhoods. Target Wrestling aims to increase access to health and fitness activities to a wide demographic to encourage and improve health by providing accessible sessions.”

He added that the impact of the proposed use on adjoining and surrounding occupiers would be minimised.

His statement in the planning documents explained: “The proposed nature of the sports facility means that training sessions will mostly be taking place when the neighbouring businesses have closed. Furthermore, each unit is sound-proofed and occupied by industrial uses which are not sensitive to noise.”

You can view the approved application at carlisle.gov.uk.

Use ref: 21/0376.