A new 24-hour gym in Kennington is one step closer to opening after an application was approved from council on Wednesday night.

The site at 108 Lowndes Street will feature a gym and 70-space car park, with the gym to operate within the existing building on the site.

No external works are proposed to the building that require planning approval.

Group fitness classes will operate at the gym on weekdays and weekends, with a maximum of 20 patrons attending these at any one time.

Seven objections were received regarding the proposal, with noise and patron management addressed explicitly by council.

An acoustic consultant reports that the ventilation fans at the gym were within day noise level requirements, but above evening noise level allowances, meaning that the fans can only be operated between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and 7am to 1pm on Saturday.

Predicted noise levels were modelled, including the closing of car doors and ignition, and were deemed not to cause sleep disturbance.

Councillor Andrea Metcalf supported the proposal, with acoustic tests to be conducted within three months of the gym opening reassuring her that the building wouldn’t cause disturbance to nearby residents.

“I’m unable to identify a fundamental reason that would warrant refusal of this proposal,” Cr Metcalf said.

Another concern for residents was how patron numbers will be managed.

The application received my council stated that a maximum of three staff will be in the building at any one time and the gym is to be staffed 24/7.

How this will be managed remains unclear, with council asking for a plan on how patron entry and numbers will be controlled  expected before the site opens.

– NICHOLAS NAKOS