The Theatres Trust

Cultural response paper released by Theatres Trust on the National Planning Policy Framework

28th August 2011

In August this year The Theatres Trust sent out an urgent call to the cultural sector to respond to the omission of culture, the arts and theatres in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework consultation paper.

It has now prepared a paper to inform and guide those who wish to contribute to the consultation. The paper has been prepared with the support of Prof. Martin Elson and the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire Quality Place Delivery Panel.

The paper identifies that the NPPF does not cover culture, the arts or theatres. It argues that if the NPPF is to reflect the Government’s support for culture and the arts in the planning system and offer clarity to plan makers they need to be included.

It also argues that the omission of culture from the definition of sustainable development is not helpful as guidance from CLG on the Community Infrastructure Levy does recognise culture.

The omission of culture also has considerable consequences for the protection of existing cultural facilities and the planning of cultural facilities. For example, the reduced NPPF has removed policies within the existing Planning Policy Statement 4 that encouraged town centre night time economy’s through the provision of theatres.

There is also a great risk that land identified for cultural uses and unlisted cultural buildings could be taken for other uses that are promoted in the NPPF, including retail, offices, leisure and recreation and sport.

Without national recognition of the value of culture and the role it plays in creating vibrant and sustainable communities, theatres, art galleries, museums and libraries could be lost.

The paper can help inform responses to the Government’s consultation which closes on the 17 October 2011 details here and the CLG Select Committee’s Call for Evidence on the NPPF which closes on Friday 9 September 2011 details here

Download The Theatres Trust’s response paper here

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