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MPs launch inquiry after research questions ineffective Government planning targets

8th April 2014

On Friday 4 April the Communities and Local Government Committee launched an inquiry into the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework. The inquiry follows research findings, published by the Committee today, that some local planning authorities may be meeting the Government’s planning performance targets despite being ineffective and displaying poor practice. The research also suggests that, although the NPPF has been broadly welcomed, a focus on good practice in local planning authorities is required if its potential is to be realised.

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Creative Scotland allocates £3.1m to youth arts

7th April 2014

Creative Scotland has announced the creation of nine regional hubs that will be the cornerstone of its Time to Shine youth arts strategy, an initiative that has been allocated £5 million over two years.

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Lyn Gardner: Apollo theatre reopening: the West End must be fit for purpose

7th April 2014

Read more at The Guardian
Lyn Gardner: Apollo theatre reopening: the West End must be fit for purpose
Published: 7th April 2014


Catherine Love: Is crowdfunding really the future?

7th April 2014

Thanks to ever-improving digital technology, raising money through crowdfunding is now easier than ever – and more and more theatre projects are taking advantage of it. Just last week, the producers of the West End transfer of The Pajama Game told WhatsOnStage about their crowdfunding experience , which seems to be proving successful. But is crowdfunding really, as they claim, the future for theatre fundraising?

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'Irretrievable mistake' over Hitchin Town Hall project

7th April 2014

There is an ongoing dispute after a brick wall was built halving the stage space in Hitchin Town Hall. Further reaction to a dispute over the renovation of Hitchin Town Hall featured heavily in last week’s The Comet letters.

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Wakefield Civic Society campaign to give community arts buildings extra protection

7th April 2014

Localism Alliance conference hears announcement of campaign to give greater community recognition to The Theatre Royal Wakefield and Unity Hall, Wakefield

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Brewery Theatre, Bristol for sale

7th April 2014

If you have a spare £640,000, you can now buy the Brewery Theatre on North Street. Bristol mayor George Ferguson is the current lease holder on the building. Ferguson owns the Bristol Beer Factory brewery behind the building, which has publicly stated its expansion plans – hoping to sell the Grain Barge in order to fund larger premises.

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Crunch talks over future of Dudley Hippodrome

7th April 2014

Read more at Express & Star
Crunch talks over future of Dudley Hippodrome
Published: 7th April 2014


New heritage provisions reduce bureaucracy in looking after listed buildings

7th April 2014

New heritage provisions, coming into force this week will make the listed building consent system more effective and efficient, helping to reduce bureaucracy and cut costs. Set out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act, the measures provide real benefits for owners, developers and local authorities whilst maintaining existing levels of heritage protection.

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York Theatre Royal's £4m revamp plan sent to planners

5th April 2014

Read more at The Press
York Theatre Royal’s £4m revamp plan sent to planners
Published: 5th April 2014


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