Plans passed for new martial arts academy in Chesterfield

Plans for a new martial arts academy in Chesterfield have been approved.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 4:43 pm

Chesterfield Borough Council has told Squad Jiu Jitsu that it can transform a former storage unit at Cavendish Business Park in Whitting Valley Road, Old Whittington, into its base.

A spokesperson for Squad Jiu Jitsu said: “Squad Jiu Jitsu are currently based in Chesterfield, renting space from an unsustainable and unreliable location in a larger commercial gym.

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A number of residents were in favour of the plans. Picture: Pixabay.

“In order to continue to accommodate students and to train athletes for national level competitions, the club requires its own space.

“The club runs classes for adults and children and also personal training sessions for all ages and abilities.

“By gaining its own space, the club hopes to enhance what it already provides and offer more classes and flexibility to students.”

They added that jobs would be created thanks to the club having a new base.

A number of residents supported the club’s proposals and urged the council to approve the planning application.

Phillip Lambert said: “Martial arts is great for a community’s health.

“After Covid we need a safe way to stay fit and healthy.”

John Perry said: “It’s positive business in this negative time, a place for people to connect and improve in all areas.”

Daniel Carter said: “This will be perfect for a martial arts academy.

“I fully support this and think it will be great.”

Tony Rixon added: “I fully support the application as it will provide a great facility for the local community.”

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