A renowned theatre in west Dorset is about to get brighter and cosier as its defective windows are replaced.
The current windows of the Lyric Theatre on Barrack Street in Bridport are either in poor shape or boarded up entirely. Residents and building users have decried it as dark, cold and damp.
Despite a refusal recommendation from conservation officers, the planning committee for West Dorset District Council approved the application for double-glazed replacements.
Last year the Lyric Theatre managers initiated a campaign called #LetThereBeLight, and succeeded in collecting nearly £14,000 to replace the auditorium’s main windows.
A former chapel originally constructed in 1777, the Lyric Theatre is a Grade II listed building. Conservation officers recommended that the application be refused, concerned that double-glazed windows would have a negative impact on the character and integrity of the building.
Kate Williams, a senior conservation officer, said that she could not support the application although she had no objection to the principle of the proposal.
Ms. Williams pointed out that the windows were integral to the appearance and character of the theatre, and predicted that the double glazing would have a negative impact.