Temporary building approved for Festival Theatre

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AN imaginative temporary theatre proposed for Chichester Festival Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations has won strong backing from city councillors.

But they are calling for special planning conditions to control noise and lighting, to protect nearby homes.

A final decision on the planning application will be made by the district council.

The city’s planning and conservation committee agreed to raise no objection.

The structure will be a miniature playhouse called On the Fly, standing for 11 weeks in 2012, producing three plays. It is likely to be the site of the summer youth theatre as well.

Theatre representative Dan Watkins said: “This can house a hotbed of new talent, both on and off the stage.”

Members heard the design was based on the fly flower, a theatrical device used for the hoisting and lowering of objects and scenery out of and into the audience during a performance.

The structure would be 18 metres long, 9.6 metres wide and 8.45 metres high with seating for around 180 people.

A submission by the theatre said the flexible space would be able to host an open programme of talks, workshops and other events.