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Darlington Arts Centre could be saved with commercial proposal

28th March 2012

Talks are under way into whether Darlington Arts Centre could be used as a hotel, restaurant and “commercial premises for creative industries”. It would allow the centre, in Vane Terrace, to retain a gallery and performance space for public use. Darlington Borough Council is considering options, having received bids to buy the site. Earlier this month, it agreed to close the Arts Centre in July and market the site to save £500,000 to help cut its budget by a fifth.

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Communitybuilders Fund Feasibility Grants scheme open

27th March 2012

From 27 February to noon on 13 April 2012, organisations are welcome to apply for Communitybuilders Feasibility Grants. Feasibility grants of half a million will be available for organisations looking to research and develop a sustainable and entrepreneurial idea that meets social needs of their local community.

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Nobles begins next phase of Royal Court revamp

27th March 2012

Nobles Construction has started work on a £720,000 contract to restore Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre. The work is part of an overall £10.6m refurbishment of the Roe Street venue designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Nobles was appointed by the Royal Court Liverpool Trust and will redecorate the 15 metre high auditorium, remodel cabaret-style seating in the stalls, improve lighting, and fit new seating in the Grand Circle.

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Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre moves closer to reopening

27th March 2012

The re-opening of Ayr’s Gaiety theatre has come a step closer with the approval of £750,000 investment over five years from the South Ayrshire Council. The funding will be used to develop arts and cultural experiences in South Ayrshire, with a focus on the theatre. It will facilitate a further £221,000 of grant funding from the Scottish Government to the Ayr Gaiety Partnership which runs the theatre.

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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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