The Theatres Trust

The Theatres Trust responds to Northern Irish consultation concerning PPS 23 and PPS 24

16th May 2011

The Theatres Trust has responded to consultations relating to Public Policy Statement 23 (Enabling Development) and Public Policy Statement 24 (Economic Considerations) issued by the Department of Environment, Northern Ireland.

PPS 23 concerns ‘Enabling Development’, a measure employed in exceptional circumstances that allows local authorities to approve a development which would not normally be acceptable, in order to secure the proper repair of a listed building or registered park or garden. The Trust has supported these provisions in principal, but has suggested that the Department of Environment alter the Planning Policy Statement to make specific reference to the “provision of cultural facilities”.

PPS 24 is designed to ensure that appropriate emphasis is given to economic factors when planning applications are considered. It states that “where the economic implications of a proposal are significant, substantial weight shall be afforded to them in the determination of that planning application”. The Theatres Trust does not support this Planning Policy Statement in its current form. We believe that the vast majority of notable planning applications will likely have an ‘economic consideration’ of some form. The Trust has therefore recommended that the Department of Environment insert the word ‘highly’ before ‘significant’ to add a sufficient level of clarity.

You can read the Trust’s response to these consultations here.

Further information about both PPS 24 & PPS 25 can be found here.


Replacement theatre for the Croydon Warehouse

12th May 2011

Planning Application: 11/00631/P

The London Borough of Croydon has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above outline planning application for the re-development of land adjacent to East Croydon Station including the provision of a 200-seat theatre which is to replace the Warehouse Theatre on Dingwall Road.

The Theatres Trust initially objected to the application due to lack of plans. Read the Trust’s response However, it has subsequently withdrawn its objection after discussions with the Croydon Warehouse. Read the Trust’s latest letter

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Theatres Trust responds to consultation on Right to Buy and Right to Challenge

11th May 2011

The Theatres Trust has responded to a consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government on two key proposals within the Localism Bill, the Community Right to Buy and the Community Right to Challenge.

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Application submitted to statutorily list Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

11th May 2011

Listed historic theatre asset submission

The Theatres Trust has submitted an application to English Heritage to nominate the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford as a heritage asset for statutory listing.

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Theatres Trust expresses concern over Ramshorn Theatre closure

9th May 2011

Ramshorn Theatre, Glasgow

The Ramshorn Theatre in Glasgow is under threat of closure. The University of Strathclyde is making £12m cuts, including all its cultural activities, and the Ramshorn is set to close at the end of July 2011 (when its current programme ends).

The Theatres Trust has written to Mr Fraser Livingston, Convenor of Court at the University of Strathclyde, expressing its concern and has requested a meeting. Read the Trust’s letter

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London Hippodrome to improve external signage and lighting

5th May 2011

Planning and Listed Building Application:11/02905/AVC and 11/02906/LBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building applications with signage proposals (including high level signage and seven LCD screens) for Charing Cross Road, Little Newport Street, Leicester Court and Cranbourn Street elevations for the approved casino use of the Hippodrome and Cranbourn mansions.

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

To view the planning applications online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


London Hippodrome to restore and improve external facades

5th May 2011

Planning and Listed Building Application:11/02908/ADFULL and 11/02914/ADLBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above applications with details of drawings of windows and doors; details of coloured glazing to the canopy; drawings showing external works to improve the frontage along Little Newport Street and Leicester Court; external entrance and surround from Cranbourn Street including a schedule of repairs and restoration and new external lighting scheme.

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

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Granada Cinema to be converted into a mixed use development for religious and community purposes

5th May 2011

Planning and Listed Building Application: 2009/1048 and 2009/1049/LB

London Borough of Waltham Forest has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above applications with the Community Access Statement and Granada Rooms Operational Intent Document provided by UCKG to convert the former Walthamstow Granada Cinema into a mixed use development for religious and community/assembly purposes.

The Theatres Trust remains opposed to the application. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning application online please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Pavilon Theatre Weymouth now to be known as Weymouth Pavilion

5th May 2011

Planning Application: 11/00322/ADV

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application with amendments to the proposed illuminated signage scheme.

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

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Komedia Theatre, Brighton, change of use

5th May 2011

Planning Application: BH2011/00493

Brighton & Hove City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application to the Brighton Komedia Theatre, proposing a change of use of the ground, mezzanine and first floors from theatre with ancillary bar, cafe and offices (sui generis) to cinema with ancillary bar, cafe and offices (D2).

The Theatres Trust originally objected to the application but having visited the theatre and received further information on the proposals directly from the applicants, has withdrawn its objection.

Read the Trust’s original response Read the Trust’s letter withdrawing its objection

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


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