Nick Allen, the owner of NAM Studios in Holt, Wiltshire, is to release a single to raise awareness of the imminent demolition of his new 'disabled-friendly' recording studio.
Allen claims he had applied for, and been granted, planning permission for the studio – which is housed in a converted hay barn – before construction began. "Unfortunately, despite the barn being almost complete, the local planners decided that I had not complied with planning laws," he explains. "I followed the appeals procedure but have been told that I have to demolish the studio." He has been given a deadline of 11 September.
Designed to be fully accessible to disabled people, the studio is located on Allen's land, adjacent to NAM Studios. (Allen himself is in a wheelchair.) NAM has been in operation for over 30 years and has hosted sessions by Van Morrison, KT Tunstall and Royal Blood.
Wiltshire Council had previously denied planning approval for the new studio after Allen failed to apply for permission to change the use of the building from 'B8' storage to 'B1' business use. "You can hardly notice the studio, and it fits in with the landscape," he told the Wiltshire Times. “I wasn’t trying to cover up what I was doing because I didn’t realise I was doing anything wrong.”
The song, Don't Bring It Down, is credited to 'Demolition Artists' and was written by Allen and Bath-based musician Steve Robinson and mixed by Joe Jones. It will be released on Bandcamp on 12 July, with listeners encouraged to purchase the track or donate whatever they can afford. (Allen says he is aware that he may lose his legal battle but states that any money raised "will be used to start a fund to help other musicians keep venues and studios open".)