The Theatres Trust

Storage of radiator casings at the Noël Coward Theatre

6th September 2011

Listed Building Application: 11/07290/ADLBC

Westminster City Council has consulted the Theatres Trust on the above listed building application with a written statement to clarify the storage of radiator casings on site pursuant to Condition 5 of listed building consent dated 11 March 2011 (RN: 10/10125) at the Noël Coward Theatre.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Press Coverage: Cultural Response Paper Released by Theatres Trust on the National Planning Policy Framework

5th September 2011

In August this year The Theatres Trust sent out an urgent call to the cultural sector to respond to the omission of culture, the arts and theatres in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework consultation paper.

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Press Coverage: Bill Bryson joins fight in countryside planning row

5th September 2011

American writer and countryside campaigner concerned that shakeup may weaken planning laws to allow for development Britain’s leading countryside campaigner, Bill Bryson, has joined a growing wave of opposition to government moves to shake up planning laws.

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Press Coverage: Planning reforms will devastate historic sites

5th September 2011

The Coalition’s controversial shake-up of the planning laws will have a “devastating effect” on historic buildings and sites, according to the government body charged with protecting the country’s heritage. English Heritage fear proposed changes to the planning regulations will result in Britain’s rich historic environment being harmed by allowing building and development to take place on heritage sites with “no or little justification required”. The National Trust and The Theatres Trust also have fears.

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Press Coverage: Trust warns over impact of planning reforms on cultural facilities

5th September 2011

The Theatres Trust has published a paper calling on cultural organisations to respond to the consultation over the draft national planning policy framework (NPPF). The trust says that the lack of a specific mention of culture in the draft NPPF means that planners could favour sporting and historic buildings over cultural ones.

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Brighton Astoria - proposed demolition

2nd September 2011

Listed Building Application: BH2010/03760 and Planning application: BH2010/03759

Brighton and Hove Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building and planning applications proposing total demolition of the Brighton Astoria. The Theatres Trust objected to both applications.

Read the Trust’s response

Read the Trust’s additional response

To view the listed building and planning applications online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Conference use proposed for State Grays

2nd September 2011

Planning application: 11/50366/TTGFUL

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the change of use, refurbishment and alteration of former cinema to form a mixed leisure centre including conference and entertainment facilities, restaurant, shops and bars to the State Cinema in Grays, Essex.

The Theatres Trust has not objected to the application but has suggested that additional plans are required. Read the Trust’s response.

To view details of the application online, please click here and enter the application number, then click Search.


Alterations to scheme at Comedy Theatre

31st August 2011

Listed Building Application: 11/06687/ADLBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application with detailed drawings showing the alteration to the scheme and the retention of two drums and shafts within the grid pursuant to Conditions 2 and 4 of listed building consent dated 31 August 2010 (RN: 10/04413).

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Press Coverage: Culture gets no mention in Government plans for Planning Policy

29th August 2011

The Theatres Trust has issued a rallying cry to the sector as culture and the arts are overlooked in a draft National Planning Policy.

The Theatres Trust is stepping up its campaign to persuade the Government to give a higher profile to culture in its proposed National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Arts professionals are being urged to respond to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (CLG) Call for Evidence on the matter, and take part in the Government consultation on the NPPF to draw attention to the omission of any reference to culture, the arts and theatres in the draft document: the Theatres Trust has commissioned a paper to inform those who would like to have their say.

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Cultural response paper released by Theatres Trust on the National Planning Policy Framework

28th August 2011

In August this year The Theatres Trust sent out an urgent call to the cultural sector to respond to the omission of culture, the arts and theatres in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework consultation paper.

It has now prepared a paper to inform and guide those who wish to contribute to the consultation. The paper has been prepared with the support of Prof. Martin Elson and the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire Quality Place Delivery Panel.

The paper identifies that the NPPF does not cover culture, the arts or theatres. It argues that if the NPPF is to reflect the Government’s support for culture and the arts in the planning system and offer clarity to plan makers they need to be included.

It also argues that the omission of culture from the definition of sustainable development is not helpful as guidance from CLG on the Community Infrastructure Levy does recognise culture.

The omission of culture also has considerable consequences for the protection of existing cultural facilities and the planning of cultural facilities. For example, the reduced NPPF has removed policies within the existing Planning Policy Statement 4 that encouraged town centre night time economy’s through the provision of theatres.

There is also a great risk that land identified for cultural uses and unlisted cultural buildings could be taken for other uses that are promoted in the NPPF, including retail, offices, leisure and recreation and sport.

Without national recognition of the value of culture and the role it plays in creating vibrant and sustainable communities, theatres, art galleries, museums and libraries could be lost.

The paper can help inform responses to the Government’s consultation which closes on the 17 October 2011 details here and the CLG Select Committee’s Call for Evidence on the NPPF which closes on Friday 9 September 2011 details here

Download The Theatres Trust’s response paper here


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