Planning Responses

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  • Demolition proposal for former Theatre Royal in Deal

    Although the Trust did not object to the demolition of the former Royal, which was also a cinema and then split into a snooker hall and amusement arcade, we urged options for retention to be explored and evidence its social function is no longer required.

  • Fresh proposal for Bournemouth's former Odeon/Regent Theatre

    Following two previous refused applications for demolition and replacement high-density housing scheme, the Trust again objected to a new partial façade-retaining proposal on the basis of continued lack of evidence cultural use is no longer required.

  • 'Men's Shed' to be constucted to rear of Groundlings Theatre

    The Trust supported a proposal for a 'Men's Shed' to be placed to the rear of Groundlings in Portsmouth. 'Men's Sheds' are a scheme which provides social spaces for mostly men to help reduce isolation through developing skills and meeting new people.

  • Extension proposed at Sunderland's Royalty Theatre

    The Trust supported a proposal by the Royalty to build a new front and side extension to provide a new foyer, improve wheelchair accessibility and extend their bar and social space.

  • Extension for Stowmarket Regal to provide cinema screens

    A proposal to extend the Regal to provide two cinema screens and a new café was supported by the Trust, as currently it can host only theatre or cinema within the main auditorium.

  • Neighbouring office proposal at York's Grand Opera House

    The Trust raised no objections to the proposed change of use of a restaurant to offices next to the Grand Opera House in York, although cautioned that disturbing works should not take place during performance times to avoid disturbance.

  • Protective netting at University of Essex

    The Trust supported an application for protective netting across the University of Essex's podium to catch falling concrete. This area forms part of the access to the Lakeside Theatre.

  • Replacement ventilation equipment at Norwich Theatre Royal

    The Trust supported an application by Norwich Theatre Royal for replacement ventilation plant and equipment. The existing equipment was damaged in a fire which badly damaged the theatre's restaurant.

  • Refurbishments and accessibility improvements at Norwich Arts Centre

    The Trust supported proposals by Norwich Arts Centre to improve accessibility and DDA compliance, including a stage lift for performers, lowered bar access, replacement ramp and induction loops alongside additional toilets and replacement stage lighting.

  • Arts and creative space including theatre proposed in Catford

    The Trust supported an application for change of use of a vacant social club, which seeks to convert it to a multi-purpose arts space offering theatre, live music and other performance along with a restaurant, bar and recording studios.

  • Toilet refurbishment at Phoenix Theatre in London's West End

    The Trust welcomed a proposal to upgrade and refurbish the theatre's Dress Circle toilets, which will provide two additional cubicles and make one accessible for ambulant users and one including baby changing facilities.

  • Internal works at Noel Coward Theatre including toilet refurbishments

    The Trust welcomed proposals to refurbish the theatre's accessible and Royal Box toilets, and supported a new opening which will provide increased visibility to 'Noel's Bar' to reduce queues and pressure on other bars.