Flats plan could save at risk gym

PUBLISHED: 15:11 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 August 2010

PLANS that could save a successful gym are due to be unveiled.

PLANS that could save a successful gym are due to be unveiled.

A public exhibition on potential developments in Maiden Lane, Crayford, are due to be revealed in a public exhibition in Crayford Social Club, between 3pm and 9pm next Thursday.

Barratt Homes hope to gain planning permission to build 254 flats and houses, and donate a plot of land to Europa Gym, currently based in Fraser Road, Erith.

Len Arnold, owner of the struggling gym has warned that his club could fold unless he finds a new home with affordable rent.

The club has produced various national champions in boxing, gymnastics and weightlifting, and is home to weightlifter Zoe Smith, a 14-year-old record breaker and Olympic hopeful.

Barratt Homes also offered Mr Arnold a £1.5 million grant towards the cost of building a new £5 million gym.

The developer proposes to build 86 one bed flats, 74 two bed flats, 20 two bed houses, 41 three bed houses, and 33 four bed houses.

Crayford councillor Geraldene Lucia-Hennis said people in Crayford did not want more flats and traffic.

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