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New youth theatre building given go-ahead in Burnley
BURNLEY Youth Theatre’s new building has been given the final go-ahead after experts confirmed that the land is safe for development.
The plans were provisionally approved by Burnley Council, allowing work to start on the annex which will house activity rooms, seating and projection screens.
Conditions were imposed when planning permission for the site was granted last December which required coal mining risk assessment work to be carried out.
The plans showed there are three former colliery workings and a quarry in the vicinity of the new theatre building, off Queens Park Road, and that there are also deposits of natural gas underground.
The tests, carried out by experts from PWA Geo-Environmental, show that the gas deposits and the historic mining pits do not present such a risk that building work could not continue. However, readings taken from boreholes in the grounds of the development did show the presence of both methane and carbon dioxide, and as a result the experts recommended that gas protection measures were put in place on the site.
It was ruled that nothing was needed to be done with regard to minimising the risk posed by historic coal mining.
The new building is scheduled to open its doors in November, thanks to funding from a variety of sources.
These include the Arts Council, Lancashire County Council, Burnley Borough Council, and Lancashire Housing Partnership.
At the time, the funding was approved, a youth theatre spokesman said: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for us to provide more space for the young people of Burnley and Lancashire.
“It will provide them with the opportunity to enjoy the chance to participate in theatre, dance, music, arts, technical theatre and other arts activities.”
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