AD:uk is pleased to report that culture and the arts have been given recognition in the Communities and Local Government’s Select Committee report into the draft National Planning Policy Framework. AD:uk were one of several organisations, led by The Theatres Trust, who lobbied for the inclusion of Arts and culture into the NPPF.
The Committee received many submissions that drew attention to the lack of specific references to culture and the arts in the draft NPPF and it has specifically recommended that the NPPF should include the arts, culture and tourism uses in the Town Centre First Policy. It also states that it saw ‘a compelling case for the definition of sustainable development to include a cultural dimension as part of the social pillar of the definition of sustainable development’.
The Theatres Trust Director Mhora Samuel said, “This is very encouraging. We were extremely concerned about the lack of any references to culture and the arts in the draft NPPF. The Select Committee’s report is a huge endorsement for culture and the arts and the role they play in achieving balanced sustainable development. We sincerely hope that the Government will adopt these recommendations.”
As a statutory consultee on theatres in the Planning system, the Trust is also pleased that the Committee has recommended that ‘the NPPF should refer to the role of statutory consultees as a safeguard for community amenities.’ If adopted this recommendation would significantly help the Trust to fulfil its role of promoting the better protection of theatres.