Asda goes back on community gym plan in Norwich

Artist's impression of the Asda store in Norwich Asda wants to build a store on the former Bally Shoe factory site in Hall Road, in Lakenham

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Asda wants to go back on its promise of a gym for community and school use on the site of a planned multimillion-pound superstore.

Asda property firm McLagan Investment Ltd was given permission for a store on the former Bally Shoe factory site on Hall Road, Lakenham, in December 2012.

Permission was given on condition a gym was built which could be used by schools and discounted for local use.

Plans to change the conditions go before the city council on Thursday.

A report to the Norwich City Council says a gym operator which specialises in providing fitness gyms "has indicated that given the nature of the equipped gym it would be unsuitable for school use and that given the level of monthly membership fees it would not be viable to offer a 50% discount to local social, community or sports clubs".

In the report to the planning applications committee, council officers say the supermarket has pledged to provide a community centre and funds of about £20,000 to help towards a health fitness programme in Norwich.

The supermarket is expected to create at least 400 jobs.

The officers recommend the conditions are changed.

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