A planning permission has been submitted to turn an empty unit of an old Carpetright store into a gym at the Launton Road Retail Park.

The plans were submitted by estate agents Savills, who asked the council to convert the buildings terms of use which was previously occupied by Forces Support and Carpetright.

Savills said there are no physical works proposed as part of the application that would affect the external appearance of the building.

It is not yet known which gym provider will occupy the space, but it is said to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week including Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The gym will be easily accessible with bus stops immediately outside the site on the Launton Road and will also have access to the existing car park with 287 parking slots.

Savills estimate the gym will provide approximately 9-14 new job opportunities.

The Launton Retail Park is currently home to chains like Halfords, Pets at Home, Bensons for Beds and Homebase.

The plans which are currently under consultation have already received the approval of Environmental Protection and the county council's highways department with the latter saying it is ‘unlikely to have any adverse impact upon the local highway network’.