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Hornsea 5m theatre complex approved

Artist's impression of new theatre complex
The new centre will replace the coastal town's old Floral Hall

Plans for a £5m theatre and business complex in an East Yorkshire town have been approved.

The centre in Hornsea will include a 300-seat auditorium and stage and conference facilities with sea views.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is paying £3m towards the scheme and is seeking the remaining £2m from regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.

Darren Stevens, the council's head of culture, said he was "delighted" the plans had been approved.

He added: "This brand new venue represents significant investment in Hornsea. It will be a boost for local arts as well as the economy.

"It will include theatre and conference facilities which will mean we can bring a broader range of events to the resort."

The council hopes to open the centre by summer 2012.

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