Sunderland pub to be converted into gym

Former Grindon Mill pub is set to become a 24-hour gym.
Former Grindon Mill pub is set to become a 24-hour gym.
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PINTS are being swapped for pull ups as a former pub has been given the go-ahead to become a 24-hour gym.

The Grindon Mill, in Sunderland, is to reopen as a round-the-clock fitness centre and dance studio, after councillors rubber-stamped a planning application.

Sunderland City Council South Sunderland planning committee approved a change of use application for the pub, off Chester Road, in Grindon.

The former public house is to reopen as a workout centre, with gyms for men and women, a dance studio, sunbeds and steam rooms.

Between 20 and 25 new jobs could be created when the gym opens, following the application by Newcastle firm GW Architectural.

The development will also include a beauty salon and community space, which can be hired out.

Just one objection to the plans was received via letter stating: “This is a peaceful area. The noise from a gym and amplified vocals from a dance studio will cause unwelcome disturbances.

“It is likely to lead to a more harmful effect on the living conditions of the residents than currently exists.”

Councillors heard that triple-glazed windows will keep noise to a minimum and gym classes using music were not expected to run past 8pm.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the application.