A PEEBLES gym has lodged a planning application with Scottish Borders Council after officers discovered it had opened without planning permission.

Omni Gym, on the Cavalry Park business estate, first opened its doors in 2013, but was taken over by new owner Sean Taylor in December 2017.

However, the building is registered with the council planning department as a storage unit, and therefore the Mr Taylor has had to ask for retrospective planning permission from the local authority, something the previous owners did not do.

A statement accompanying Mr Taylor’s planning application highlights the importance of Omni Gym to Peebles: “Since opening we have had over 200 individuals through our door, with 120 of these remaining as members on our database, and we now have a waiting-list.  

“Omni gym’s flexible opening hours caters to the needs of our clientele, enabling them to fit their exercise around their work and family commitments.

“With an ever increasing awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the dangers and cost to society of obesity, we see Omni Gym as helping to promote and encourage health and fitness to the people of Peebles.

“As well as providing full-time employment for me, Omni Gym also provides employment for 3 other people including highly skilled personal trainers and a cleaner.  

“These individuals rely on the continued success of Omni Gym and have worked extremely hard over the past 12 months to build up a large client base.

“To conclude, Omni Gym has been a fantastic success in its first year of business and we are all extremely proud of what we have achieved.

“We would hope that Scottish Borders Council would look favourably on our retrospective planning application and allow us to continue to provide local jobs and a vitally important health and fitness facility serving the local community.”

Officers from Scottish Borders Council’s planning department will now deliberate on the application before making a decision in the coming weeks.