The Theatres Trust

Press Coverage: Trust welcomes PM's planning assurances but what of creative industries

4th October 2011

The National Trust (NT) has welcomed assurances from the Prime Minister that the UK’s planning system should continue to act in the public’s interest.

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McAslan out, Bennetts in at Hornsey town hall

4th October 2011

Stirling Prize-shortlisted practice Bennetts Associates has become the third practice in five years to take on the long-awaited overhaul of Hornsey Town Hall in north London. Two years ago John McAslan + Partners (JMP) was brought in to deliver a ‘new community use’ for the Grade II*-listed 1930s hall, having replaced London-based firm DSDHA which had previously proposed a £15 million cinema and residential scheme.

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Plane-sailing for Staffordshire Mitch after facelift

3rd October 2011

The Mitchell Memorial Theatre could help kick-start the regeneration of its corner of the city centre. That’s the view of new chief executive Ian Hutchinson, who has been in the post since April, after 10 years at the Plymouth Arts Centre. Formerly run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, the centre is now managed by a trust chaired by historian and Sentinel columnist Fred Hughes.

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Making the case for culture

3rd October 2011

There are three critical issues when considering the likely political impact of the absence of culture and the arts from the National Planning Policy Framework says Jane Wilson, trustee of AD:uk and director, Arts Development East Cambridgeshire.

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Canterbury City placed culture at heart of its economic vision

3rd October 2011

Culture runs through the veins of Canterbury and is a key part of its identity. The city reputation, however, was built on heritage rather than contemporary culture, and years of underinvestment in East Kent’s creative economy meant that the arts had played only a minor role in regeneration and community development says Janice McGuiness, Head of Culture, Canterbury City Council.

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Press Coverage: An obvious omission in national planning policy is culture

3rd October 2011

The draft NPPF is currently ‘absent, silent and indeterminate’ on the promotion and protection of culture, the arts and theatres. This is a fundamental omission, not only for the better protection of theatres which is legally enshrined in the 1976 Theatres Trust Act, but also in its lack of recognition of the role of culture and the arts in achieving sustainable development says Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust.

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LGC view: Planning, arts and culture

3rd October 2011

If only simplifying something was simple. Take the DCLG’s draft National Planning Policy Framework, for example. Published in July, the guidelines aim to streamline more than 1,000 pages of policy into 52. The document has provoked concern among core Conservative supporters as well as The National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, who argue that the framework would be damage rural communities.

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Press Coverage: Gaps in guidance worry culture sector

3rd October 2011

Arts and cultural facilities are in danger of being swallowed up by commercial developments under new government planning guidelines, local authority planners and arts officers have warned.

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Former New Gallery cinema, Regent Street, to be converted for Burberry

3rd October 2011

Planning application: 11/06866/FULL

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the use of the first and second floor of the former New Gallery cinema for dual alternative retail (Class A1) and / or office (Class B1) use. External works include the installation of new shopfronts and the installation of plant at rear first floor level and at second floor level within an existing enclosure. Internal alterations include the installation of a balcony and staircase and the partial demolition of floorslabs.

The Theatres Trust made no comment on the application and has referred the consultation to the Cinema Theatre Association (CTA). Read the Trust’s response

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


Use of Drury Lane’s Theatre Royal long dock for ancillary theatre space

3rd October 2011

Planning application: 11/07887/FULL

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the use of the Long Dock at the rear of the theatre as ancillary theatre floorspace for the Drury Lane Theatre Royal.

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.


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