A new "premium" gym which will welcome children who have special needs is set to open in an Oxfordshire town.

The "personal training facility" has been granted planning permission by South Oxfordshire District Council to come to Wellington Street in Thame and replace an old industrial estate.

Applicant 'Box Functional Fitness', which began as an online training facility in "lockdown 2020", has said it will use this bigger premises to expand its facilities.

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A planning paper says: "With a bigger premises that is at the Heart of Thame, they (the applicant) feel they can make a bigger, more positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the local community of Thame.

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"Working with kids from the local schools or sports clubs, adults with learning or physical disabilities living in supported accommodation or at home with their carers or parents and run specific ‘over 60’ small group training sessions, they can provide a wide range of community benefit wellbeing services."

The gym will also offer a ‘green membership’ meaning those who travel by foot or bike will have a discounted rate on their monthly membership.

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Planned location of the new gym is in the centre of town with the applicant describing the facility as "Thame's newest and most exciting premium, highly accessible, small group personal training facility".

Thame town council has objected to the development on the basis it is contrary to the council vision in "proposing the loss of employment land without supporting evidence of a lack of viability or market interest."