Hartlepool dance studio expands into former town gym

Plans have been approved for a popular dance studio to move to a new home to help provide more classes for children to attend.

By Nic Marko
Thursday, 17th June 2021, 4:45 am

Proposals have been given the go-ahead by Hartlepool Borough Council planning department for Amy Richardson Studios to move into the former CrossFit Hartlepool site in Havelock Street.

Submitted by Miss Richardson, plans stated she wants to move from her existing Whitby Street South site, 450 yards away, to the new location due to the growth of the dance school.

A report from senior council planning officer Jane Tindall confirmed the proposals have been approved, adding they should have no negative impact on the area.

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The former Cross Fit gym premises, in Havelock Street, Hartlepool, which are to be converted into dance studios.

She said: “It is noted that the proposal would bring a vacant unit back into use, and it does not seek to make any external alterations to the main building.

“It is considered on balance that the application is acceptable with respect to the relevant material planning considerations.”

A planning statement previously submitted on behalf of the applicant stated how the facilities would benefit the area and users of the site.

It said: “The facility will provide outstanding teaching of a number of dance styles along with fitness sessions, for the children who are registered.

“The business would continue to provide a safe, active and engaged environment for the town’s youngsters for years to come.

“The growth of the dance school is the driving factor behind the move, allowing for more local children to partake in educational dance and fitness classes.”

The building is currently owned by Seymour Civil Engineering, according to planning documents, and was home to CrossFit Hartlepool until it moved to another site in Burn Road.

The dance studio will be allowed to be open between 9am and 9pm Monday to Friday, and from 10am until 2pm on Saturdays.

Amy Richardson Studios annually hosts shows at Hartlepool Town Hall and, since opening, they have been attended by local residents in their thousands, according to planning documents

The studio has developed a “wonderful reputation” in Hartlepool over the last eight years since it launched, and is home to 120 children aged between 18 months and 18 years old, the planning statement adds.

The site also includes offices, which will remain the same as part of the proposals.