Third Time Lucky for the Octagon Shopping Centre

Posted by Ellandi on 31st May 2017

Ellandi has achieved planning permission to convert the entire first floor of the Octagon Shopping Centre, Burton on Trent into a gym.  

Prior to Ellandi’s involvement, a similar application was refused and a second application, which was submitted in January, received a recommendation for refusal and was subsequently withdrawn. 

The permission is for a change of use from A1 to flexible A1/D2 use on the first floor to house a 30,000 sq. ft. gym; pre-letting negotiations are well advanced. 

Ellandi, who were brought on as asset managers of the scheme in February submitted a fresh application in April, citing case studies from their Middleton Shopping Centre which saw a 15% increase in footfall and 2 units occupied as a result of a new to Exercise4Less of a similar size. 

Asset Manager Ruth Duffield commented “We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for these works that have been discussed for some time. This is will be a great amenity for the town and will see enhanced footfall throughout the Octagon Centre. 

Working with our planning consultants Williams Gallagher, our track record and experience was a fundamental part of this success.  This allowed us to demonstrate the positive impact a gym can have, starting a new chapter for the Octagon Shopping Centre.” 

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