A DECISION on plans to turn the site of a former Henley gym into a care home has been deferred
A DECISION on plans to turn the site of a former Henley gym into a care home has been deferred.
Members of the South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee want to visit the site of the former LA Fitness complex in Newtown Road first.
They were due to make a decision at their meeting on Wednesday evening.
Council officers have recommended the plans are approved, despite widespread opposition, saying the home would make a positive contribution to the area by providing jobs and care places while improving the look of its surroundings.
Hundreds of residents have signed a petition against the plans and Henley Town Council is also opposed.
Objectors claim that since the gym and swimming pool closed a year ago there has been added pressure on other local gyms and the pool at Henley leisure centre is over-subscribed as it is the only one left.
Furthermore, the LA Fitness site is not one of the 11 which were earmarked for residential development in the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan, which passed a referendum in March.
Developer Henthames wants to demolish the gym complex and build a three-storey care home with 80 beds. There would be 33 parking places and a new main entrance would be built off Mill Lane, a narrow road leading to riverside homes.