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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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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


Bridport: Future of historic Lyric Theatre under threat

26th August 2011

Bridport Lyric Theatre owners face a race against time to save their newly-opened venue from the threat of closure. They need to find £8,000 in six months to make essential repairs and install a new fire alarm at the Lyric Theatre under a health and safety notice. Now they have launched an appeal for help and urged people to help keep the Barrack Street complex open.

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Press Coverage: Planning overhaul ignores the arts, warns Theatres Trust

24th August 2011

Theatres Trust director Mhora Samuel has hit out at a planning policy proposed by the government, which she says ignores culture.

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Culture and the National Planning Policy Framework

1st August 2011

Culture keeps the spirit of places alive and is essential to our wellbeing. It enhances and improves the places in which we live and the quality of the lives of communities. But there is a real danger that one of the most important Government planning policies for England which was announced last week is going to ignore culture. At present the only references it makes to culture are in relation to heritage conservation and veteran trees. The Theatres Trust is calling for those who care about culture and who are responsible for the provision of cultural services and facilities including theatres, arts centres, galleries and museums to respond to the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and ensure that culture is afforded the same status as sports, heritage and leisure.

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Call for help: Southwark Playhouse needs you

1st August 2011

As you may or may not know London Bridge Station is soon to undergo a redevelopment to cope with increased capacity and to incorporate the Thameslink line. It has the potential to be a fantastic scheme that will breathe new life in to a tired looking station and will make it (hopefully!) operate far more efficiently.

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

1st August 2011

Earlier this year The Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST), along with 97 other architectural projects, won a much-coveted 2011 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award. Six of the 97 projects went on to be shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize; the RST was one of them. The team at Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants, the company responsible for the design and planning of the theatre auditorium and the technical facilities, both in the auditorium and backstage, is delighted.

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