Norwich could be set for indoor trampoline park

The warehouse on Whiffler Road which could become an indoor trampoline park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The warehouse on Whiffler Road which could become an indoor trampoline park. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Norwich could be set for its first ever indoor trampoline park, if plans to put wall to wall trampolines in an empty city warehouse get the go-ahead.

High Altitude Limited has lodged plans with Norwich City Council for the trampoline park at the former CMC Carpets and Furniture centre, in Whiffler Road, Mile Cross.

The company wants to create what it says will be only the ninth indoor trampoline park in the country.

However, they will be looking to avoid the problems which plagued another of Britain's few indoor trampoline parks, where dozens of people have ended up in hospital with injuries.

In documents submitted to the city council, the company's agents David Futter Associates, state that High Altitude Trampoline Park would comprise 'wall-to-wall trampolines, all connected to form one large 'bounce' area.

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'There are also angled trampolines around the edge to enable participants to also 'bounce' from the walls.'

The 9,800 square foot ground floor would also feature areas for dodgeball, basketball, dunkball, slam dunk and foam pits, while a small mezzanine floor at the front of the building could be used for special occasions, such as birthday parties, corporate events and mums and toddler groups. A viewing gallery and coffee shop are also proposed.

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The documents lodged with City Hall also state: 'Clients are primarily in the five to 25-year age group, however mums and toddlers can also join in for parties, together with OAP groups, yoga, pilates etc.'

A league programme for team events, such as dodgeball, are also promised, with 18 jobs (12 full-time and six part-time) set to be created.

The applicants say that 10 minutes on a trampoline burns as many calories as half an hour of jogging, saying it is good for heart and improves circulation.

They say: 'Bouncing can reduce stress hormones with the added bonus of releasing endorphins. It also works in unison with the body's natural detox system.'

The plan is for the park to open seven days a week, from 9am until 10pm on weekdays, from 9am until midnight on Saturdays and from 10am until 10pm on Sundays.

The application is likely to be discussed by members of the city council's planning committee at a future meeting. The applicant is hoping the park will open in May.

Trampoline park Ryze, in Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, closed three weeks after it opened following more than 100 'incidents', with reports of accidents including a broken neck, back and other bones.

Midlothian Council served an improvement notice on the newly opened park to address 'public safety concerns', after it emerged the park did not have a suitable indoor sports entertainment licence.

• Do you think the trampoline park is a good idea? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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