Planners instructed to 'have due regard' to Covid-19 impact when considering change of use to performance venues

Planning authorities should have immediate “due regard” to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic when considering whether to approve a change of use or demolition of a theatre, concert hall or live music venue, housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

by Gavin McEwan
The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, which went into administration in May. Image: Roger Davies (CC BY-SA 2.0)
The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, which went into administration in May. Image: Roger Davies (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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