I’m deighted to see the Conservative Secretary of State for Culture, John Whittingdale, has written to Camden Council expressing his support for AIR Studios.

AIR Studios is facing an existential threat, as I’ve written about before, from a basement development next door. As well as threatening Lyndhurst Hall, which is a Grade II listed building itself, engineering works would cause a huge amount of vibrations: forcing AIR to shout down for the duration of construction and threaten its long-term viability.

John has rightly cited AIR’s huge economic and cultural contribution to the area:

I would like to point out, however, that I have been contacted by local residents and music lovers who are gravely concerned over the impact of the proposed development on the recording studios and the wider creative economy. I am aware that AIR Studios is internationally renowned as one of the only two orchestral studios in London, along with Abbey Road, and I am sure that this will be taken into account in reaching a decision on this planning application.

The plan would have a disastrous effect on a jewel in Hampstead’s cultural crown. A huge number of residents rightly oppose the development and I will do everything I can to stop it.

For more about my campaign to oppose over-development, click here.