PROPOSALS to open a new gym in Barrow have been revealed.

An application to the change the use of a former garage has been submitted by Crossfit Barrow.

The building in Roose Road was previously occupied by HI-Q Tyres and is now empty.

According to plans, the gym business, currently based in The Strand, is looking for a larger dedicated space.

Permission was previously sought to turn the building into an Age UK superstore, but the charity pulled out of plans for development.

A statement making up the application submitted to Barrow Council said: "The application site is located between Roose Road and Salthouse Road, Barrow-in-Furness, and has access onto both roads.

"There is one building located on the application site. That building is single storey, but has the overall height of a two-storey building.

"It was previously occupied by HI-Q Tyres who operated a tyre fitting and vehicle maintenance and repair service. It is understood that the current lawful use of the building is B2 - General Industrial.

"The building has been vacant for a considerable time.

"Planning permission was granted in 2019 for the change of use of the building to a charity superstore.

"The prospective occupier of the site at that time chose not to progress the project so the scheme was not implemented - but it should be noted that the permission does not lapse until 20 May 2022.

"Roose Road Garage is located to the immediate west, planning permission was granted in 2019 for a change of use to car sales and hand car wash. Salthouse Pavilion Bingo is located to the east."

Plans also said there would provision for a cafe and shop at the new site.

The gym will run classes in strength and conditioning, high intensity interval training, gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, yoga and pilates.

"The proposals involve the change of use of the building to a gym," the statement said.

"The applicant already operates a gym in Barrow but requires a more suitable space to meet the needs of the business.

"They offer a range of fitness and wellbeing classes which cater for all levels of ability.

"The equipment used included classic strength and conditioning equipment, such as barbells and kettlebells.

"In the new premises there will also be a large metal framed structure, standing 3.6 metres high, which is used for gymnastic

movements etc.

"All classes are scheduled and generally attending by people from Barrow and the surrounding area.

"In addition to the classes offered the coaches can provide bespoke nutrition plans to support client's personal goals.

"The applicant has been searching for new premises for approximately 18 months."