A PROPOSED new gym on a Kelso industrial estate would prove a “game changer” for fitness fanatics in the town, planners have been assured.

A change of use application has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council by Kenneth and Susan Gibson, operators of the Kelso-based sports clothing and accessories company Borderline Athletics, for the use of new-build units 8 & 9 at Carlaw Road on the Pinnacle Hill Industrial Estate.

Borderline Athletics is looking to incorporate Susan’s sports massage therapy business and the current gym-wear company with a CrossFit gym, which will be the primary use of the unit.

A submission with the application, from Galashiels-based estate agents Edwin Thompson, says: “Kenneth and Susan plan for the business to become CrossFit affiliated, filling a significant gap in Kelso’s fitness landscape.

“With no other CrossFit affiliates within the town, this facility will be a game-changer for fitness enthusiasts who currently endure long commutes to pursue their passion and also open up the opportunity to newcomers.

“Our clients' mission is to cater to individuals of all fitness levels, from absolute beginners to accomplished athletes, regardless of age or ability. They are committed to fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie within the gym, where everyone supports each other’s mental and physical well-being.

“The team will offer dedicated classes for power and Olympic lifting, providing a unique offering in Kelso. Moreover, they have long-term plans to expand reach by introducing age-grade classes and child-specific sessions, promoting movement and fitness in everyday life.”

The applicants cite as support for the application the approval given to other gym outlets on industrial units, in particular the change of use of  Unit 5 in Carlaw Road to form a fitness centre and the conversion of  Unit E, 8 Tweedside Park, Tweedbank for the RDAS CrossFit gym.

The report adds: “Feedback from the council’s Local Review Body at appeal accepted that leisure use could be considered in compliance with policy in contributing to the efficient functions of a business park.”