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Inquiry planned as basement threat at Air Studios deemed ‘too complex’ for planning hearing

Tara Lepore 22 September 2017
Inquiry planned as basement threat at Air Studios deemed 'too complex' for planning hearing

London’s Air Studios initial planning hearing to oppose the development of a nearby basement has been cancelled and replaced with a four-day inquiry.

The Planning Inspectorate notified the studios that they consider the issues raised by its neighbours’ proposed basement building works to be too complex to be decided at a planning hearing.

The Hampstead studios would not be able to operate for around six months due to severe noise pollution from a proposed neighbouring development.

The initial planning hearing dates were due to take place next week (September 26-27). A four-day inquiry will now be scheduled.

Owing to the ‘significant’ amount of contested technical evidence relating to vibration and noise, Air Studios invited the appointed inspector to reconsider the appropriate procedure for the determination of the appeal. The inspector has acceded to that request which, it is hoped, will provide a much fairer, open and transparent procedure.

A statement from Air Studios reads:

We are very aware that many of our supporters intended to be present at the hearing and apologise profusely if they have made arrangements to attend only to have it cancelled at such short notice. However, we are pleased that having reviewed the appeal documentation and recent correspondence, the inspector agrees that our concerns merit an inquiry with formal questioning of the relevant experts and witnesses. We ask all our supporters to bear with us and we will keep them informed as the dates for the inquiry are scheduled later in the year.

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