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Theatres Trust welcomes new law to protect pub theatres

19th May 2017

The Theatres Trust has been mentioned in The Stage.

The Theatres Trust and Planning Adviser, Ross Anthony, have been quoted saying: “The trust has for some time been campaigning against permitted development rights like this one, so it is a good thing.

“Pub theatres now have the certainty that the owner of the pub at least needs to talk to them. It doesn’t necessarily save them but it does put an extra step in there where we can all make our comments.”

Theatres Trust welcomes new law to protect pub theatres

Published 19 May 2017


Upcoming Theatres Trust grants deadlines

19th May 2017

Is your theatre in need of urgent building repairs, are you looking to improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, or enhance physical accessibility? Theatres Trust run a number of grant schemes for theatre buildings in need. Please note the following upcoming deadlines this summer.

Up to £5,000 for small theatres in London:
London Small Theatres Grants Scheme Round Three
supported by the mayor of London

Deadline: 29 August 2017.

Up to £15,000 for theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure:
Wolfson/Theatres Trust Urgent Repairs Scheme Round Two
Deadline: 15 September 2017.

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Finally the popular West Cliff Theatre gets its 'free' £10,000 makeover

18th May 2017

The West Cliff Theatre, in Tower Road, Clacton, was given the facelift by Ipswich-based Seh Bac after winning its community building competition. It has now has £10,000 worth of energy efficient windows and doors which will also help it to reduce its running costs – read the full story at: Clacton & Frinton Gazette

Finally the popular West Cliff Theatre gets its ‘free’ £10,000 makeover

Published 18 May 2017


Bennetts Associates converts Art Deco cinema into cultural centre in northern England

17th May 2017

Bennetts Associates has renovated a 1930s cinema and added a brick, frosted-glass and copper extension to create this cultural centre in Chester, England. The British studio carried out the £37 million transformation for the listed Odeon cinema in Chester – a walled city in the northwest of England – read the full story at: DeZeen

Bennetts Associates converts Art Deco cinema into cultural centre in northern England

Published 18 May 2017


Architects reveal design for listed landmark

17th May 2017

Norton Mayfield Architects’ has drawn up plans to complete the renovation of a grade two-listed The Civic in Barnsley and turn it into a new community arts centre design which includes a new theatre, cafe and extended gallery – read the full story at: Yorkshire Post

Architects reveal design for listed landmark

Published 17 May 2017


Chester Storyhouse welcomes 10,000 visitors in its first weekend

16th May 2017

Chester’s new £37m Storyhouse cultural centre welcomed an incredible 10,000 visitors in its opening weekend. The project to transform Chester’s former Art Deco Odeon cinema into an international cultural centre reached its completion and opened its doors last Thursday (May 11) – read the full story at: Chester Chronicle

Chester Storyhouse welcomes 10,000 visitors in its first weekend

Published 16 May 2017


Planning laws change to protect pub theatres

11th May 2017

Planning laws change to protect pub theatres

The Neighbourhood Planning Act passed into law on 28 April 2017 and removes permitted development rights in England that currently enable the change of use of pubs to retail, restaurant or office uses without the need for planning permission.

Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No 2) Order 2017, which comes in to effect on 23 May, any proposal to change the use of a pub venue will now require the applicant to submit a planning application and seek full planning permission.

This measure should afford a greater level of protection for pub theatres and allow for greater level of community say on future use of these pub venues.

In addition, the Government have indicated that any local planning authority that are meeting their housing requirement (100%, as measured by the proposed housing delivery test) will be afforded greater flexibility in respect of the areas that can be covered by Article 4 directions removing the permitted development rights to change offices to residential uses. This measure will also help safeguard theatre use in our town centres.

If you have any queries about how this might affect your theatre please contact planning@theatrestrust.org.uk


300-seat Shakespearan theatre given £5m funding

11th May 2017

Council chiefs are celebrating after a multi-million pound grant to pay for Prescot town centre’s Shakespeare Playhouse was given the green light – read the full story at: The St Helen’s Star

300-seat Shakespearan theatre given £5m funding

Published 11 May 2017


Chester Storyhouse: New theatre opens after 10-year absence

11th May 2017

A new £37m theatre has opened in Chester a decade since the city’s largest performing arts venue closed. The Storyhouse was completed following a two-and-a-half-year project to transform the city’s former Odeon cinema – read the full story at: BBC

Chester Storyhouse: New theatre opens after 10-year absence

Published 11 May 2017


Concept architect sought for City of London concert hall

11th May 2017

The City of London Corporation has begun the search for an architect to design a major new concert hall on the Museum of London site next to the Barbican – read the full story at: Architects Journal

Concept architect sought for City of London concert hall

Published 11 May 2017


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