ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018
The Annual General Meeting of the National Civilian WW2 Memorial Trust will take place on Monday 21st May, commencing at 7.30 pm.
It will be held in the Hop & Vine cellar bar, in Albion Street, Kingston upon Hull.
We are grateful to Anthony Garrett, the new tenant of the pub, for accommodating us. Anthony (Tony) and his partner Zem Rodaway have been long-term supporters of the Trust, and have attended a number of the Trust’s AGMs over the years.
Anyone is welcome to attend, but only members of the NCWW2MT will be able to vote on any resolutions etc.
Tea, and coffee, will be provided free of charge. Other drinks will be available to purchase.
At the meeting the Trustees will advise what has been achieved over the last financial year ending 31st March 2018, what has happened in the last five months, what the current situation is, and what is planned for the next twelve months and beyond. The meeting will finish with a question and answer session.
CPO SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, MEDIA, AND SPORT
THE KINGSTON UPON HULL CITY COUNCIL
(FORMER NATIONAL PICTURE THEATRE, 146 BEVERLEY ROAD)
COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2016
The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
and the Acquisition of Land Act 1981
1. The Kingston upon Hull City Council ("the Council") has made on 11 May 2016 the Kingston upon Hull City Council (Former National Picture Theatre, 146 Beverley Road) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016 under section 47(1) (a) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. It is about to submit this Order to the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport ("the Secretary of State") for confirmation and, if confirmed, the Order will authorise the Council to purchase compulsorily the land and the new rights described below for the purpose of stabilising and conserving the remains of the National Picture Theatre and its site, to prevent their further deterioration and enhance their appearance.
2. A copy of the order and of the map referred to therein have been
deposited at the main reception of the Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Kingston upon Hull, HU1 2AA and may be seen between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.
3. If no relevant objection as defined in the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 is made or if all objections so made are withdrawn or if the Secretary of State is satisfied that every objection made relates exclusively to matters of compensation which can be dealt with by the Upper Tribunal and disregards the objection the confirming authority may confirm the Order with or without modifications.
4. In any other case where a relevant objection has been made which is not withdrawn or disregarded the Secretary of State is required before confirming the order either to cause a public local inquiry to be held or to afford the objector an opportunity of appearing before and being heard by a person appointed by the Secretary of State for the purpose or with the consent of the objector to follow a written representations procedure and may then, after considering the objection and the report of the person
who held the inquiry or hearing or considered the written representatives confirm he order with or without modifications. In the event that there is no objection, whether by a qualifying person or otherwise, the Secretary of State may in certain circumstances permit the acquiring authority to determine confirmation of the Order.
5. Any objection to the Order must be made in writing to the Secretary of State of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliment Street, London SW1A 2BQ before 10 June 2016 and should state the title of the Order, the grounds of objection and the objector's address and interest in the land.
DESCRIPTION OF LAND AND THE NEW RIGHTS
Plot 1, having an area of approximately 254 sqm, situated adjacent to the east of Beverley Road, containing upstanding remains of a cinema including the façade, portico remains, vestibule, pay box, gallery steps and cross beam, foyer, switch room, manager's office and operator's staircase, the remaining section of advert hoarding screening the façade and half of the width of the
adjoining public highway, Beverley Road.
Plot 2, middle section having an area of approximately 439 sqm, comprising paved patio and grassed area, and rear section comprising rough surfaced car park.
Plot 3, having an area of approximately 11 sqm situated to the north of Plot 2, comprising a triangular shaped strip of land forming part of the Listed Building but now included within the registered title of the Swan Inn 148 Beverley Road
Plot 4, being a new right of access over the land to the rear of the Swan Inn, 148 Beverley Road, giving access to and egress from the Order Land extending from Sophia Close between numbers 10 and 14 Sophia Close for a distance of 1.5m west of the boundary of 14 Sophia Close and an overall area of 192 sqm.
Kingston upon Hull City Council
NEW APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY THE OWNER
The owner of the National Picture Theatre has submitted two new applications for the front third of the site.
16/00326/FULL Application for Change of Use to an outside dining area for the adjacent restaurant (former Swan Inn).
16/00327/LBC Listed Building Consent for the work involved in the above.
The application documents can be viewed on the Council’s website.
These applications are basically a resubmission of the application that he submitted last year, and that was refused earlier this year. The difference being that there is an indication that the work required in the Repairs Notice that the Council served on the owner a couple of years ago will now be carried out. However, only if the Council approve these two applications.
The Trustees will be meeting early next week to discuss the Trust’s response to these new applications.
FRONT SECTION OF SITE FAILED TO SELL IN AUCTION
The front section (about a third of the total site) of the former National Picture Theatre on Beverley Road, Kingston upon Hull, failed to sell at an auction held in Beverley on Wednesday 24th June 2015.
The highest bid received was £38,500, which was £1,500 less than what appeared to be the minimum of £40,000 required by the owners.
Like last year, two people were wiling to bid against each other, but when it got near to the minimum figure required by the owner, they would not bid anymore. This was despite the auctioneer offering to accept further bids in smaller increments than the previous £500.
So, the Trust will now continue its efforts to persuade the Council’s planning committee to refuse permission for the owners new application for change of use of the front section into an outdoor dining area.
More importantly, the Trust will continue to encourage the Council to serve the owners with a Compulsory Purchase Order for the whole site, as soon as possible.
At the Council's planning meeting on Thursday 4th September the planning committee approved the owner’s application to build a two storey extension to the rear of the Swan Inn, by 8 votes to 5, with 2 councillor’s abstaining.
This was despite the Council’s own planning officer recommending refusal in her report to the planning committee, and well reasoned objections from English Heritage, the Council for British Archaeology, and the Trust.
The four Trustees attended the meeting, and Alan spoke in objection to the application on behalf of the Trust. He emphasised that the Trust was not against a two storey extension to the pub, and would have supported an application for an extension that had followed the lines of the original extension (that the owner had unnecessarily demolished a few years ago). However, the Trust was against an extension that was the full width of the site, as we felt that it would have a detrimental effect on the setting of a the adjacent National Picture Theatre, a Grade ll Listed building.
APPLICATIONS 00010674S AND 00010674T
The Trust submitted an application for planning permission (Reference 00010674S) and an application for Listed Building Consent (Reference 00010674T) for the National Picture Theatre.
The reason for this submission was that the approvals that the Trust had received in September 2011, had ran out in September 2014.
At the Council's Planning Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 20th January 2015 both applications were approved by unanimous decisions.
COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER
At the Council's Planning Committree Meeting on the 21st October 2014 the planning committee made a decision - in principle - to serve a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on the owner for the National Picture Theatre site.
HOWEVER, the actual serving of the CPO was put on hold until the Coucil was convinced that the National Civilian WW2 Memorial Trust were capable of developing and running the site
English Heritage, who have been extremely supportive of the Trust's project, have provided some funding towards the serving of the CPO etc.
Alan Canvess (Secretary of the Trust), attended a NPT Steering Group Meeting, organised by the Council, on Tuesday 11th November 2014. Council represenatives and representatives from English Heritage attended the meeting.
Alan Canvess, and Hilary Byers (Treasurer of the Trust) attended a Buisness Plan Development Meeting, organised by the Council, on Thursday 11th December 2014.
At the Council's Planning Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 20th January 2015 the committee voted almost unanimously (one councillor voted against) to serve the Compulsory Purchase Order.