Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

Comment ID 1020641//1
Document Section Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft Ensuring Safe and Healthy Communities DM71 View all on this section
Respondent The Theatres Trust View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Apr 2013

Sites and Policies Plan

Thank you for your letter of 22 February, received 4 March, consulting The Theatres Trust on the draft Sites and Policies Plan document.

We support Policies DM71 and DM72 in principle as it is important that venues are available to enable participation in cultural activities for intrinsic and instrumental value to an individual and for communities by bringing people together.

Local facilities, whether publicly or privately owned, can be subject to development pressures from alternative uses.  It is therefore important that where appropriate facilities are retained within the local community there is a policy to both protect existing facilities from development pressures and to provide new or enhanced facilities wherever possible.

We suggest that item d) in Policy DM71 also includes designated Neighbourhood Forums for consultation.

Policy DM71 on page 108 only refers to Use Classes D1 and D2, likewise the definition of the term ‘community facilities’ in the Glossary on page 172 only refers to D1 and D2.  Please amend for accuracy as your theatres are sui generis, not D2.