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19/03/2021

Appeal: West End theatre conversion would not be ‘sympathetically executed’

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Plans to convert a listed theatre and cinema in London’s West End into a hotel have been rejected following a 12-day inquiry, after an inspector ruled that the replacement basement cinema offered by the developer was unsatisfactory.

LOCATIONCovent GardenAUTHORITYCamden Borough CouncilINSPECTORTom Gilbert-WooldridgePROCEDUREInquiryDECISIONDismissedREFERENCEAPP/X5210/W/19/3243781The appeal concerned the grade II listed Saville Theatre in central London, built in 1931. After 30 years operating as a theatre, the building was leased to Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles, in the 1960s, briefly becoming a popular music venue.........
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