The Theatres Trust

Brighton Little Theatre extensions proposed

26th May 2017

Application: BH2017/01445

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning application for alterations and extensions to the Brighton Little Theatre.

Read the Trust’s response

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Stockton’s The Globe wins planning permission

26th May 2017

The Theatres Trust welcomes Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s decision to grant permission for the reuse, restoration and refurbishment of Stockton’s Grade II listed The Globe Theatre which will reopen as a multi-purpose live performance and entertainment venue.

Application Numbers 17/0755/LBC and 17/0754/COU

The Globe opened in 1935 and had full stage facilities with dressing rooms to support both live theatre and cinema. It is one of the few remaining complete ‘super cinemas’ in the UK, the majority of other examples having been subdivided and/ or extensively modernised. While the theatre has deteriorated due to lack of use, there have not been many significant changes or alterations since it was built in 1935. A ‘light touch’ treatment is therefore proposed within the auditorium in terms of the stabilisation and restoration of the auditorium and plasterwork, with interventions mainly being made to meet building access and safety standards, to provide extra WCs, and to flatten the stalls floor to make it suitable for both seated and standing events to maximise its use. The adjoining building at 153 High Street will be incorporated into the theatre to provide expanded bar facilities, offices, lift access to the stalls and upper levels of the auditorium, and much needed additional circulation space. The back of house/ dressing room wing will be rebuilt to provide modern and additional support spaces to help attract artists and performers to the venue.

The restoration and refurbishment will bring it back into use as a sustainable and viable cultural venue.

The Globe


Planning laws change to protect pub theatres

11th May 2017

Planning laws change to protect pub theatres

The Neighbourhood Planning Act passed into law on 28 April 2017 and removes permitted development rights in England that currently enable the change of use of pubs to retail, restaurant or office uses without the need for planning permission.

Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No 2) Order 2017, which comes in to effect on 23 May, any proposal to change the use of a pub venue will now require the applicant to submit a planning application and seek full planning permission.

This measure should afford a greater level of protection for pub theatres and allow for greater level of community say on future use of these pub venues.

In addition, the Government have indicated that any local planning authority that are meeting their housing requirement (100%, as measured by the proposed housing delivery test) will be afforded greater flexibility in respect of the areas that can be covered by Article 4 directions removing the permitted development rights to change offices to residential uses. This measure will also help safeguard theatre use in our town centres.

If you have any queries about how this might affect your theatre please contact planning@theatrestrust.org.uk


Hull New Theatre's new signage goes up

10th May 2017

Application: 17/00375/LBC and 17/00286/ADV

The Theatres Trust supported the above advertising and listed building applications to install new theatre identification signage on the Hull New Theatre’s fly tower.

Read the Trust’s response

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Plans to make the National Theatre's roof top Deck permanent

4th May 2017

Application: 17/01760/LB and 17/01759/FUL

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning listed building applications to replace the existing temporary structure on the external terrace of the National Theatre, known as the Deck, with a permanent structure.

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New performance space proposed in Manchester Metropolitan University redevelopment.

2nd May 2017

Application: 115648/FO/2017 & 115649/LO/2017

The Theatres Trust supported the above above planning and listed building applications for the erection of new arts and media building for Manchester Metropolitan University, to provide class rooms, lecture theatres, a poetry library, exhibition and performance space, cafe / restaurant / bar, office accommodation and associated operational floorspace, incorporating the retained former Town Hall facade.

Read the Trust’s response

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Historic England decides to not list the Blackpool Ice Drome

2nd May 2017

Blackpool Ice Drome Theatre

Historic England has informed the Trust that it will not list Blackpool’s Ice Drome, the earliest purpose built ice theatre in the world, as it has been significantly altered, which means it does not meet the national criteria for designated a heritage asset.

Read the Report


Theatres Trust submission to the Housing White Paper

2nd May 2017

Housing White Paper

Read the Trust’s response to the consultation on the ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’ White Paper.

Go to the DCLG Consultation


New downpipe for Bath's Theatre Royal

27th April 2017

Application: 17/01123/LBA

The Trust supported the above listed building application for the installation of a new downpipe on the front elevation of the Theatre Royal in Bath.

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New 550 seat theatre proposed as part of Oldham's Cultural Quarter

21st April 2017

Application: PA/339957/17 and LB/339956/17

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning and listed building applications for the construction of a new replacement theatre building (sui generis) with ancillary bar and office uses, and public realm works adjacent to the Grade II Listed former Oldham Library Building.

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