Key facts


PBA has acted as retained planning consultant for PureGym Ltd since 2013. 

Based on flexible, low cost access and its expanding network of sites, PureGym now has over 750,000 members in the UK. PBA has secured planning permission for changes of use, extensions and variations of conditions for over 40 new sites. These include sites in Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds. 

Our excellent knowledge of planning policy issues relating to main town centre uses means that we have always been able to provide robust policy justification for new PureGym sites in terms of the sequential test and leisure impact assessments required by the National Planning Policy Framework.

In 2015, PureGym acquired LA Fitness adding a significant number of new sites, many of which are located in London and southern England. We have worked closely with PureGym to establish the planning history of these sites and to obtain the necessary approvals for them to operate on a 24/7 basis. The programme of refurbishing and reopening the 43 LA Fitness sites is due to be completed less than a year after they were acquired.

Our work for Pure Gym now spans a broad range of disciplines, including:

  • Town planning advice; planning statements; design and access statements; negotiations on planning conditions, legal agreements and project management.
  • Transport statements and travel plans.
  • Flood risk, energy and ecological assessments.