De­mo­li­tion of Fu­tur­ist set to clear list­ing bid

Coun­cil’s im­mu­nity ap­pli­ca­tion to be granted

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Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil’s path to de­mol­ish­ing the Fu­tur­ist ap­pears to have been cleared. An im­mu­nity from list­ing bid from the au­thor­ity to stop the build­ing from get­ting pro­tec­tion un­der listed build­ing sta­tus could be ap­proved as soon as next month.

Theatre pub­li­ca­tion, The Stage, has quoted His­toric Eng­land as say­ing the Gov­ern­ment is “minded to ap­prove a cer­tifi­cate of im­mu­nity from list­ing for the Fu­tur­ist in Scar­bor­ough on the ad­vice of His­toric Eng­land”.

Nick Bridg­land, list­ing team leader in the north added: “We re­alise that there is much lo­cal in­ter­est in and af­fec­tion for the Fu­tur­ist.

“We care­fully as­sessed the Fu­tur­ist for list­ing and ad­vised that be­cause the build­ing has been ex­ten­sively al­tered over the years, it does not have the spe­cial his­toric or ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est to meet the cri­te­ria for na­tional list­ing.”

Cam­paign­ers had been hop­ing that the coun­cil’s bid would fail as it would mean the theatre would in­stantly be given listed sta­tus.

Re­cently, Scar­bor­ough’s for­mer Con­sti­tu­tion Club in Hun­triss Row was saved from the wreck­ing ball when a last- minute list­ing bid from The Vic­to­rian Society was ap­proved.

A cer­tifi­cate of im­mu­nity from list­ing means the Fu­tur­ist could not be statu­to­rily listed for a pe­riod of five years and could there­fore be de­mol­ished.

There will now be a 28-day re­view be­fore the Gov­ern­ment makes a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

The vote to demolish the Fu­tur­ist was ap­proved by a sin­gle vote.

Once the theatre has been razed to the ground Flamingo Land will build a £20 mil­lion at­trac­tion in its place.

The Theatres Trust, which was back­ing the list­ing at­tempt from cam­paign­ers has in­di­cated it would ap­peal any de­ci­sion from the Gov­ern­ment to grant the im­mu­nity from list­ing ap­pli­ca­tion.

•Yes­ter­day morn­ing a sign with the words “Power, cor­rup­tion and lies” was pinned to the front of the Fu­tur­ist but is be­lieved to have been re­moved at around 10am.

Protesters out­side the de­mo­li­tion meet­ing and, in­set, a more re­cent mys­tery protest at the build­ing

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