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Heart of the West End Conference Round-up

27th March 2012

Whilst the sun shone over London’s West End yesterday, the heat was turned up inside the Theatre Royal Haymarket as the closing panel discussion for two day conference The Heart of the West End saw playwright Richard Bean, literary associate at Sonia Friedman Productions Jack Bradley, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre Julian Bird and Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner debate the current and future state of London’s West End.

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Theatres Trust statement on Culture in the National Planning Policy Framework

27th March 2012

The Government has published its long awaited final National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). In its draft consultation document, culture, the arts and theatre were absent. This would have left theatres and other cultural institutions vulnerable to the NPPF’s over-riding principle of ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’, particularly where local authorities did not have their Local Plans in place.

Mhora Samuel, Director, The Theatres Trust said, “Today we celebrate a national planning policy that not only recognises culture, it also creates specific policies that both plan positively for cultural facilities and guard against their loss.”

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NPPF: Local plans 'keystone of planning edifice'

27th March 2012

Planning minister Greg Clark has said the final draft of the national planning policy framework (NPPF) will make the local plan the ‘keystone of the planning edifice’. In a ministerial statement this afternoon, Clark said a “decade of regional spatial strategies, top-down targets and national planning policy guidance that has swelled beyond reason to over 1,000 pages across 44 documents, has led to communities seeing planning as something done to them, rather than by them.

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Communities and Local Government publishes National Planning Policy Framework

27th March 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government has today (27 March) released its National Planning Policy Framework. The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

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The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP releases statement on the National Planning Policy Framework

27th March 2012

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State and Minister for Decentralisation and Cities has today (27 March) released an oral statement about Planning Policy and the National Planning Policy Framework.

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Event: ACE/AD:uk National Seminar on the Creative Economy 20 June

26th March 2012

The next AD:uk National Seminar will be taking place in London at the Camden Centre on 20th June in partnership with Arts Council England. Themed on the Creative Economy, we will be focussing on the economic impact that the arts make in supporting growth and regeneration. Speakers will include Tom Fleming, the co-author of the ACE’s recent publication on Supporting Growth in the Arts Economy and Andrea Stark, Executive Director: Arts Council England East.

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Welsh Culture Minister promises Heritage Bill

26th March 2012

Huw Lewis, the Welsh minister for housing, regeneration and heritage, has said that he hoped Wales would have its first ever heritage act in place by 2014. Speaking at the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales conference, Lewis said that there would be a heritage conference in July as part of the process of consultation on the bill, and that he hoped a strategy for the historic environment would be in place by autumn.

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Crewe Lyceum Theatre gearing up to find new owner

26th March 2012

Taxpayers could save at least £140,000 a year if a council-run theatre was taken over by a private firm. Cheshire East Council is looking to transfer operational responsibility for the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe and slash its subsidy by a third. The authority currently provides £390,000 of funding for the Heath Street venue every year. But if an external operator took over the Lyceum, this support would be cut to £250,000 with further reductions likely in future years. Cabinet members at the council will today be asked to allow officers to invite tenders to run the 100-year-old theatre.

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Blog: Crisis time in the West End?

26th March 2012

There’s a lot of talk about the ever-approaching spectre of the Olympics, and whether or not audiences will actually materialise for the theatre as well as the sports events that will saturate TV coverage and the entire city. Not all of us, after all, are sports fans blogs Mark Shenton for The Stage.


Tour: Elizabethan Bankside with the Rose 9 April

26th March 2012

Join the Rose Theatre Trust on the 9 April for a tour of Elizabethan London’s Liberty of the Clink, home of the Bishop of Winchester, London’s iconic Rose and Globe Theatres and the foul industries that even the Elizabethans considered unsightly. Hear about London’s three cities, the Frost Fairs and the Winchester Geese, culminating with exclusive access to the Rose, Bankside where you’ll hear the history of Bankside’s first theatre.

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