The re-opening of the Globe Theatre as a 2,500 capacity live music and comedy venue is yet another step closer.
Exciting proposals for the Grade II Listed art deco building were submitted for planning and listed building consent this week.
It is the final stage in the rigorous and detailed process needed to secure HLF approval and start works.
Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “We are now at the last stages of preparatory works ahead of the final Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) decision which is expected in the summer.
“Throughout the last year the Council has been working closely with colleagues at HLF to make sure we do all we can to ensure construction can start as quickly as possible. We recently removed the banners from the front of the Globe – that’s because we will soon need regular access to it.
“We understand that people may say that the restoration has been a long time coming but the HLF’s Heritage Enterprise programme is a funding initiative with complex requirements and since the Council took control of the scheme last year a huge amount of preparatory and development work has taken place to make sure we meet these and are geared up to start on site. The planning application is just one part of this and is the final piece of the jigsaw which needs to be in place before the final HLF funding announcement is made.
“The restoration of the Globe is an important project and one that will have a huge economic impact on Stockton Town Centre, increasing footfall in its shops, bars and eateries as well as further boosting its reputation as a vibrant live music and festival town so I’m really pleased to see our plans come to fruition and we are looking forward to construction starting later this year.”
Subject to planning and HLF approval, the construction works will start with the venue set to open in winter 2018/19.