Arts venues and theatres

Places for the arts, theatre, arts education, creative media and enterprise are often the focal point of the local community, and the activities and services they provide serve a wide range of audience groups, as well as providing employment. The for 2011/12 found that 63.3% of adults in England said that they had engaged with the arts three or more times in the past year, and 78.2% of adults had engaged at least once. Through Arts Council England fundingsui generis within their relative Use Classes Order. This means that theatres are not in any use class, and any change of use from a theatre to any other use requires planning permission.

Planning considerations


Sources of further information

The Theatres Trust

Arts Council England

National Federation of Artists' Studio Providers (NFASP)

Key references

Arts, Museums and New Development: A Standard Charge Approach. Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and Arts Council England, 2010

Theatres Database, managed and updated by The Theatres Trust

. National Federation of Artists Studio Providers, Jul. 2011



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