A CHANGE of use to convert two industrial units at the North Mills industrial estate, Bridport, into a gym has been refused – on a technical issue.

Consent for the change of use was requested for units 5 & 6 at the Edwards Building.

Luke Hayter Fitness wanted to use the building from 6.30am to 9.30pm on Monday to Friday and 7am to 12pm on both days at the weekend. His application said there would be little change to the exterior of the building and that the self-contained site has adequate parking.

The application was decided by a Dorset Council planning officer using delegated powers.

In refusing the change of use application the council say the only course of action is to apply for full planning permission: