Tuesday, May 31, 2016

News: Swinton indoor trampoline centre planned

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Another indoor trampoline centre is being planned for vacant commercial property in the Rotherham borough.

A former parcel depot at Parkgate was the first to be converted to leisure use last year when the flagship "JUMP INC." facility was created in a 22,000 sq ft unit offering 170 interconnected trampolines, trampolines up the walls, air bags, basketball, dodgeball and fitness facilities.

Now, Rotherham-based carpet retailer, United Carpets, has submitted a planning application for a vacant unit at Rowms Lane, Swinton.

UC Holdings Ltd, wants to change the use from commercial to an 7,500 sq ft indoor trampoline centre (Use Class D2) at Rowms Lane Trade Park. The site was last used by United Carpets and Beds but has been vacant for a number of years.

An operator for the facility is not yet known.

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An operator for the facility is not yet known.

The plans, drawn up by MDB Planning, state: "It is considered that the retention of the Site for employment use is not necessary. The Site has been marketed unsuccessfully for employment and commercial uses for a period of approximately five years. During this period there has been no real interest from industrial/commercial operators and it has not been possible to let or sell the unit. Overall therefore it is considered that the Site is no longer viable for employment use."

The applicants estimate that, if approved, the new leisure use would create five gull time and ten part time jobs.

With the proposed trampoline park likely to attract 2,438 visitors per week, 72 car parking spaces are proposed to accommodate peak visitor hours and staff and to avoid on-street car parking.

The first indoor trampoline park opened in 2004 in Las Vegas and they have been gaining in popularity ever since. The International Association of Trampoline Parks estimates that by the end of 2015 there would be more than 550 indoor trampoline parks open worldwide.

Since opening in Rotherham, JUMP INC. has gone on to open in Sheffield and is planning to open in Lincoln in the summer.

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