FRESH plans for a popular gym to relocate to a former bakery in Newport have been submitted to the council.

Evolve Fit has lodged a new application to use the former canteen that once served Avana Bakeries on Wern Industrial Estate in Rogerstone, Newport.

The gym's plans to use the industrial unit were refused in the summer on public safety grounds in a tight vote, with councillors on the planning committee raising concerns over the safety of visitors travelling to the facility.

But a planning statement submitted with the new plans says pedestrian routes are well lit and CCTV also offers additional security for users.

The gym was previously located elsewhere on the industrial estate and therefore the plans will have a "negligible impact" on traffic in the area, according to a planning statement.

Plans say the development could even reduce vehicular trips as people working nearby would not need to travel as far to use a gym.

With around 300 regular members, the private gym is available only to paying members.

Users of the gym will be given instructions on where to park, and members of the public will not have reason to be on the site unless they have booked a fitness class or training session.

Classes will also be held outside of core business hours, according to the plans.

A suitable venue has yet to be found for the gym since leaving its previous venue in June.

The applicant has approached around 28 different venues but none of them have proved suitable.

A planning statement states: "The applicant has exhausted all other options as they have been unable to find any other suitable venue."

At a meeting of Newport's planning committee in August, director Clare Woodward said the gym was relying on the goodwill of other venues to hold classes but warned that this could be withdrawn at any time.

The proposed site has laid vacant since January of this year when Avana Bakeries closed after more than 60 years in business.

The nine-acre Avana site is now owned by Rombourne, with the Cardiff commercial property firm planning to establish a business park with manufacturing, warehouse and office space.

View the plans at newport.gov.uk, searching reference 18/1046.