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East Herts Council says no to health and wellness centre in Bishop's Stortford




Millside Industrial Estate, Southmill Road, Bishops Stortford. Unit 1 exterior. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7338520)
Millside Industrial Estate, Southmill Road, Bishops Stortford. Unit 1 exterior. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7338520)

Plans for a new yoga and Pilates centre in Bishop’s Stortford are too much of a stretch for East Herts Council.

The district council, which is the local planning authority, has refused permission for a health and wellness centre focusing on “tranquil” activities in premises on the Millside industrial estate off Southmill Road.

The application for the centre, which would have included two treatment rooms for holistic therapies, was submitted by Melanie Bliss, of Furneux Pelham.

She applied for change of use from B1 light industrial and hoped to open from 9am to 10pm on weekdays, 8am to 4pm on Saturdays and 9am to 10pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

Despite Bishop’s Stortford Town Council having no objection to the scheme and members of its planning and development committee welcoming new facilities and employment prospects for the town, EHC refused.

The district council said: “The site lies within a designated Employment Area, whereby B1, B2 and B8 uses should be retained, and insufficient evidence has been provided to illustrate that there is no longer a need for such uses.”



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