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UK theatres to be protected by noise mitigation measures

UK - The Theatres Trust welcomes changes to the Permitted Development Order (England) as developers now need to address noise impacts before undertaking an office to residential conversion near an existing theatre or live music venue.

From 6th April 2016 local planning authorities will have to consider noise impacts on new residents from existing businesses, under an amended permitted development right that allows offices to be converted to residential use, without the need to obtain planning permission.

The amended Order means developers will now need to seek prior approval from the local planning authority that any noise mitigation measures proposed are suitable to ensure that nearby theatres are protected before a change of use from an office to residential building can be carried out.

Theatres Trust said: “The Trust welcomes the changes to the Permitted Development Order to help protect the nation’s theatres. It provides an opportunity to engage with developers and ensure, in terms of potential noise impacts, that new housing can be delivered while protecting the viability of theatres and live performance venues.“

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 was presented to Parliament on 11th March 2016 and will come into effect from 6th April 2016. The amending Order can be found at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/332/pdfs/uksi_20160332_en.pdf 

As the statutory body for the protection of theatre buildings the Theatres Trust works to secure better planning regulations to ensure the future viability of live theatre. Contact us for advice and guidance If your theatre is adversely affected by adjacent developments.

18th March 2016

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