Everyone knows about Hampstead’s cultural reputation and heritage: from Keats to Constable, and from Fleming to Freud, Hampstead is famous worldwide for its contribution to the arts. Hampstead’s contribution is no less in music than the rest of the arts – and Camden as a whole has a good claim to being the music capital of the world.
Hampstead’s AIR Studios, tucked away in Lyndhurst Hall on Rosslyn Hill, founded by Beatles producer George Martin and one of the foremost recording studios in the world for film scores, and is a major part of both Hampstead and Camden’s claims to cultural fame.
AIR Studios is under threat. An application has been submitted for the major redevelopment of an adjoining property – excavating a substantial basement. This is a threat to the studios on two fronts. First, because of the impact on the building – a Grade II*-listed former church – itself. And second, the huge vibrations caused by construction, which will force AIR to shut down for months, if not years, and threaten its commercial viability.
As a consequence, I oppose this application and will speak against it when it comes to the planning committee. However, we also need to show the strength of feeling about the issue. Aas part of that, I’ve added my name to the petition to save AIR Studios, along with 6,000 others – please add your name here.
For more about my campaign to oppose over-development, click here.