New Rutherglen gym operating without proper planning consent
Feb 20 2013
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
A Rutherglen martial arts gym which opened last month has been operating without the proper planning consent, it has been revealed.
Ultimate Fitness Centre Glasgow Ltd, located at 57A Mill Street, opened its doors in January. However, the planning application lodged with South Lanarkshire Council on January 14 was deemed invalid.
The application was for a change of use for an old retail unit to a fitness centre.
In a letter addressed to the applicant, the council had requested more information on the application, including a statement confirming proposed use, hours of operation, number of staff and indicative number of customers.
The gym offers kickboxing, Muay Thai, circuit training and more.
It was opened by former Royal Marine Stuart Lowe, who was discharged from the service due to injury.
The facility has proved popular with residents and offers a variety of classes including kids’ boxing and kickboxing as well as ladies boxercise.
The matter was raised at last week’s Rutherglen Community Council meeting where Rutherglen Central and North Councillor Gordon Clark said: “Some residents were up in arms about it.
“I don’t think the gym itself has been a problem but they did go ahead and open up without the proper planning permission. That is getting sorted out.”
Mr Lowe said: “I was coming back to my local community to try to do something positive. The fact people have complained about it, quite frankly, makes me want to give up and just open a pub.
“As far as we are aware we have lodged all the paperwork with the council and it is under review. If we are guilty of anything it is over-exuberance in trying to do something positive for the community.
“There is nothing like this gym in Rutherglen. It is providing a boost to the health and wellbeing of people in the area.”
A South Lanarkshire Council spokesperson said: “The application in question was received on January 14, 2013. However, it is currently invalid as the planning office has requested and is still awaiting further information from the applicant.
“We are aware that the business is operating without planning permission and have advised the applicant that activity should cease on the premises until planning permission has been secured.
“However, given that an application has now been lodged, we would not pursue enforcement action at this time.
“Our priority now is to meet with the applicant to ensure that the proposal can be registered and considered as soon as possible.”