National advisory body the Theatres Trust has taken on a new planning advisor to handle increasing workloads thrown up by recent changes to permitted development rights.
The trust is a statutory consultee on planning applications for land near theatres and provides written submissions and advice to planning authorities to promote better protection of theatres.
Theatres Trust planning advisor Ross Anthony told Planning: “Permitted rights enabling offices to be converted into residential spaces without going through planning permission is increasing numbers of people living near theatres.
“We're having cases where residents are trying to get noise-abatement notices put on theatres. It's our job to try and make sure new developments do not impact on the operation of theatres.
“This may mean making sure a new development has adequate levels of noise insulation or is not built immediately next door to a theatre.”
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