HC Deb 10 December 1957 vol 579 cc111-2W
73. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government which London theatres have been the subject of planning application for change of user since his predecessor amended the London Development Plan with reference to theatres; and which applications have been granted, which refused, and which are still under consideration.

Mr. H. Brooke

Since my predecessor approved the County of London Development Plan in March, 1955, the London County Council as planning authority has granted permission for the redevelopment of the following theatres:

  • Alexandra, Stoke Newington.
  • Bedford, Camden High Street.
  • Gaiety.
  • New Cross Empire.
  • St. James's.*
  • Stoll.
A theatre is to be incorporated in the new building to be erected on the Stoll Theatre site. The Chelsea Palace Theatre; the Granville Theatre, Fulham Road; the Hackney Empire; and the King's Theatre, Hammersmith, are being used as television studios or theatres; and the Mercury Theatre, Ladbroke Grove, is being used as a ballet school.

The New Lindsey Theatre, Notting Hill, has been demolished in connection with the Notting Hill Gate road widening. Permission has been refused for the redevelopment for other purposes of Collins Music Hall, the Granville Theatre, and the Palace Theatre.

I understand that the Council has under consideration applications for permission to change the use of the Arts Theatre, the Camberwell Palace and the Queen's Theatre, Poplar, and also a new application in respect of the Alexandra Theatre, Stoke Newington.

* This was a detailed permission implementing an outline permission given before the approval of the Development Plan.

76. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what assurances he has received from the New Zealand Government that they will apply for planning permission as an act of courtesy in connection with any redevelopment of the site of Her Majesty's Theatre.

Mr. H. Brooke

There is a well recognised procedure under which Crown development is the subject of consultation with the planning authorities, although it does not require formal permission; and I have no doubt that this procedure, or any modification of it which may be in force when the time comes, will be followed by the New Zealand Government.