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Mystery gym operator wants to move into Morley

A mystery gym operator is lining up a move to Morley in response to local demand, according to planning documents.

An application submitted to Leeds City Council has requested permission to convert part of a building on the town’s Wide Lane Industrial Estate.

The proposal, submitted by planning consultants Quod, said a gym operator wanted to occupy the site, though it did not name them.

Leeds City Council will make a decision on whether or not to approve the scheme at a later date.

In a planning statement attached to the proposal, the applicants said they wanted to convert the first floor of Unit 7 on the estate.

The building’s ground floor is still used for industrial purposes and would be unaffected by the scheme, according to the documents.

The statement said: “The application responds to market interest from a gym operator who is looking to occupy the site.

It added: “A gym use in this location will satisfy local market demand and requirements.

“The proposals respond directly to market interest for a new gym in this part of Leeds within a different market sector to the city centre.”

The plans also revealed that unit 8 on the site, which neighbours unit 7, could also be turned into a gym, though those plans would be covered by a separate application.

The applicants said other potential locations for the gym had been looked at, including the three-storey Morley Mill on Commercial Street and an old chapel on Middleton Road.

However, both sites were deemed unsuitable.

The identity of the mystery operator is likely to be revealed if the plans are approved by the council.

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