A FORMER bike shop could be transformed into a therapy and wellbeing centre after plans were lodged with the borough council.

The proposal would see the vacated premises at 87 Weyhill Road, previously home to Abbotts Ann Cycles, converted into a facility where people can exercise to “improve their mobility and wellbeing”.

The site has been the subject of a number of planning applications since Abbotts Ann Cycles closed in 2018.

Last year an application was made to turn the premises into a fitness centre, which was later withdrawn, before permission was later granted to turn the site into a car showroom; this was never implemented.

Now the site could finally gain a new lease of life after a third application was lodged with Test Valley Borough Council, this time requesting a “change of use from A1 retail to therapy and wellbeing centre”.

Valley Leisure, the charity that currently operates Riverside Bowl, in Bridge Street, and the I Can Therapy Centre, in Charlton Road, are behind the proposal.

The charity seeks to engage with people of all ages and physical abilities to help promote active lifestyles, with the proposed development at Weyhill Road complementing its existing range of services.

The proposed wellbeing centre would feature a pair of ‘therapy circuit’ spaces, two treatment rooms, an assessment room, plus reception and office areas.

The centre would be open from 10am to 3pm on weekdays, with one later opening until 7pm. Anticipated Saturday hours are 10am to 1pm, with no Sunday or bank holiday openings.

Documents submitted with the application note: “The previous proposal for a gym and fitness centre drew some opposition based on noise, car parking and general disturbance to neighbouring residents from the opening hours.

“It should be stressed that the proposed therapy centre use is not a gym but a facility where people of all ages and abilities can be encouraged with exercise to improve their mobility and wellbeing. “

To view the application in full go to the TVBC planning portal and search the reference ‘19/03003/FULLN’.