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Living Places: Culture and Sport Planning Toolkit programme comes to an end

30th September 2011

This marks the end of the Living Places programme. The national partners would like to take this opportunity to thank the many organisations and individuals who have worked together to achieve success. Living Places emphasises the use of culture and sport to support local distinctiveness and quality of place and promotes the advantage of cultural bodies working together to support local services for communities and individuals.

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Encore: Plans for new curtain call for Hulme Hippodrome

30th September 2011

It was one of Manchester’s hottest nightspots, where stars like the Beatles and Laurel and Hardy played to packed houses. But the Hulme Hippodrome was turned into a bingo hall after audience numbers dwindled and then fell into disrepair when it closed its doors for good. Now there are plans to restore the huge Grade-II listed building, which contains an ornate three-tier theatre, ballroom and restaurant.

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New front-of-house extension for Glasgow’s Theatre Royal

30th September 2011

Planning application: 11/01981/DC

Glasgow City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the construction of a front-of-house extension together with associated alterations for the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

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Planning permission sought for Blandford arts centre

29th September 2011

The group trying to build a “dynamic” arts centre in Blandford seek they will seek outline planning permission after a successful exhibition. The DT11 Partnership said that now it has the support of the town council and the public it will move ahead with the 175 seat ‘Fording Point’. The partnership is made up of more than 40 local groups and organisations and hopes to build the venue on the side of the town’s Victorian Garden. Over 100 people came to the consultation and the project leader, film director Jon Ivay, said: “We feel confident enough to go on to the next stage.”

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Details unveiled for £100 million scheme to boost private giving to culture

29th September 2011

Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) today announced further details of the £100 million Catalyst scheme to boost private giving to the cultural sector and build long-term resilience, sustainability and innovation.

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Southwark Playhouse must keep London Bridge home, urges council

29th September 2011

Local council planners have weighed into the campaign for Southwark Playhouse, demanding that the theatre is included in the redeveloped London Bridge Station. The theatre, which is housed in the vaults beneath the station, announced last month that it will have to vacate the premises in December 2012 to make way for the building project.

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AOC to design courtyard extension to 1950s theatre studio

29th September 2011

AOC Architecture with Urban Space Management has been appointed to design a three-storey extension to the National Theatre’s Studio in The Cut building in London. Currently at the pre-application stage, the proposed structure would house workshops, offices and meeting spaces for Handspring Puppet Company – the group behind the West End sensation War Horse.

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AJ: Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres by Bennetts Associates

29th September 2011

Shackled with a Grade II*-listed building, Bennetts was under pressure from an audience clamouring for a worthy response, says Felix Mara The DJ John Peel once said: ‘Taking LSD is like going to Stratford-upon-Avon – you only have to do it once’. And when Bennetts Associates embarked on the project to transform the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in 2005, Stratford-upon-Avon had declined into a world-famous backwater.

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Southampton city arts scheme given planning permission

28th September 2011

A new £21m arts complex in Southampton has been given planning permission by the city council. The authority says the 100,000 sq ft arts complex, restaurant and retail centre will create more than 300 jobs. Developer Grosvenor plans to start work on the site, located on the former Tyrrell and Green department store building, next summer.

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Arts Council England responds to the Draft National Planning Policy Framework

27th September 2011

Arts Council England has published its response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the Draft National Planning Policy Framework. The Framework seeks to significantly reduce the number of pages of planning policy and guidance but this streamlined approach has meant that arts and culture are not referenced.

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