Harris Lamb’s planning consultants have switched their attentions from S106 agreements to battle-beam designs as it oversees an application to open Coventry’s first trampoline park.
The planning team is working with trampoline park operators Jump In to secure permission to transform a vacant warehouse in the Tile Hill area of the city into an all-ages activity centre which will drive more visitors to the region and create around 60 jobs.
Jump In, which has a number of similar activity centres across the UK, was attracted to the city as it is currently the largest metropolitan area in the UK without a trampoline park.
It has earmarked the 1,850 sq m unit at Earlplace for its latest venture, and, if the change of use application is approved, plans to transform the building into an exhilarating experience, which will include interconnected trampolines, wall trampolines, a foam pit, a dedicated toddler jump space and a Gladiators-style battle beam.
Neil Slade of Harris Lamb’s Agency team brokered the deal for Jump In to take on the site with landlords Avon Capital Estates (ACE), before placing the client in the hands of the business’ planning consultancy to oversee the application for the change of use.
Simon Hawley, of the planning team, said: “We’re hoping that planning officers for the council will recognise the positive impact this application will have on the city.
“Not only will it provide a lease of life for a site that has stood empty for four years, but it will also create 60 jobs, and provide a great new facility for residents and visitors to the city.
“The company has extensive experience in operating these activity centres. With the closest trampoline park to Coventry being located in Warwick -a centre also operated by Jump In, the business is confident that the facility will be well received in the city. The unit selected is easily accessible and its size and location lends itself to such a centre.”
“The operators are very keen to make a success of the centre and ensure that it delivers exactly the sort of experience its customer-base want,” he said.
Vernon West, chairman of Jump In, added: “We are excited about bringing the City of Coventry its first trampoline park and can’t wait to serve residents. Residents can check out our Facebook page to share their thoughts about our venture and let us know what features they would like to see in their park.”
The plans will go before Coventry Council Planning committee this Autumn, and subject to permission being granted, the park will open next Spring.