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Former fitness site in Spalding could be home to 21 flats

The former Geest Club and one-time home for the Fitness Company could become flats. (260618-12)
The former Geest Club and one-time home for the Fitness Company could become flats. (260618-12)

Twenty-one flats could be built in Spring Gardens, Spalding, with a development planned for the site formerly occupied by the Fitness Company.

The fitness business moved out last summer, after more than 20 years in the building once occupied by the Geest Social Club.

Mansfield-based Minster Building Company has applied to the district council for planning consent to turn the building into nine homes - eight two-bed apartments and a ninth with one bedroom.

The company is also seeking permission to put up a four-storey apartment block on the car park to accommodate 12 one-bedroom apartments.

The building is one of the most distinctive in Spalding and one Spring Gardens resident, who asked not to be named, hopes the development will be a sympathetic one so the building doesn't loose "a lot of its looks".

He says: "Parking is a big problem down our road with drivers blocking driveways ... so I think they need to ensure there will be enough parking on this site for the residents of the flats."

The development site is next to the derelict former Royal Mail building, which Spring Gardens residents would like to see given a new lease of life - and traders in The Crescent have long wanted it tidied up.

A design and access statement submitted to the council with the plans makes it clear the derelict building is a problem.

The statement says: "The existing derelict Post Office building which abuts the north-east boundary is of similar height to the existing building on the (development) site.

"The facade of this building is a blank brick wall with no openings. This is a significant constraint to any proposed new building in terms of potential outlook on this boundary."

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