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U-turn in Hippodrome repair saga

Hippodrome damage
The cost of a full restoration could run into millions

Derby City Council has taken steps to secure the future of the historic Hippodrome theatre.

A court order was enforced after the owner Christopher Anthony carried out unauthorised work on the Grade II listed building.

It prevents him from raising the finance to pay for the planning application costs.

The authority has now withdrawn an enforcement notice so he can borrow money.

Costs include professional reports and architects' drawings together with the statutory planning application fee which could be in the region of 30,000, the council said.

The building suffered serious damage in March 2008 while London-based businessman Mr Anthony was carrying out repairs after a fire.

Derby City Council secured a High Court verdict in April 2008 preventing Mr Anthony from undertaking further unauthorised works to the Hippodrome building.

Making the building weatherproof is expected to cost about 700,000 and a full restoration would run into millions of pounds.

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