A plan for a new building earmarked to become a premises for an indoor sport, recreation or fitness business in Penrith has been submitted to the council.

In a vision outlined to Eden District Council, the building will form part of a larger project at a new business park that is under construction at land located just off Greenbank Road, Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith.

The small business park is bound by Thacka Lane and existing dwelling houses to the North; existing office / business premises (ABC Ltd) and Thacka Nature Reserve to the South East; further business premises and existing dwelling houses / farmsteads and agricultural land to the West.

The applicant, Atkinsons Building Contractors Ltd confirmed that works have now commenced on building a small business park and that this application will form part of a number of different buildings that form the estate.

In planning documents provided as part of the application, they confirmed: "Overall, the industrial retail premises will have the appearance of the other developments in the local business and industrial estates in terms of mass and architectural language.

"Materials have been selected by consideration and continuity of the palette of existing neighbouring buildings within the surrounding Gilwilly Industrial Estate and East lakes Business Park including ‘The Edge’ office building to the East of the site boundary and the two newly approved office and leisure buildings within small business estate."

They also explained that they believe the development to be in keeping with Eden District Council's Local Plan, stating: "Penrith remains a focus for employment growth, given its excellent transport connections and high quality of life.

"The local plan identifies employment sites which will provide suitable land to satisfy potential requirements coming forward during the plan period, an extension to the existing Gilwilly Industrial Estate being one of two key sites identified."

You can view the application at eden.gov.uk.

Comments are welcomed as part of the public consultation process.

Use the application reference when prompted: 21/0580.