Originally reported by the Ham & High (Hamstead & Highgate Express), it has been revealed that singer David Gray has made application to Haringey Council to turn Crouch End’s The Church Studios into five flats, with shops and office spaces. Gray, known best for tunes including Babylon and Please Forgive Me and the best-selling album White Ladder, bought The Church in 2003 from the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, who originally converted the former Park Chapel into a studio in 1984. The Eurythmics completed their debut album, Sweet Dreams, at The Church. Posting on his own Facebook Fan Page, Dave Stewart commented: “It has so many memories for me, not just recording sessions. I would host evening soirees with poets, philosophers, musicians etc. Burn Frankincense on huge columns at 2am. Dylan would turn up with his band and hold court etc. or Joni Mitchell would play drums! Things have changed now, Music Scene is not the same, I understand him having to sell, I wasn't bothered about the cost of running it (always at a loss).” The Church Studios’ manager Chris Norton added: “Having owned and enjoyed The Church for nearly ten years, it is time to move on. David would be delighted to sell The Church studios as a going concern but given the current upheaval in the music business and the repercussions on commercial recording studios, it is only prudent to explore other avenues, including redevelopment.” Studio A features a 56-channel SSL G series consoles, one of the very first G series desks ever delivered. Clients of The Church have included James Morrison, Depeche Mode, Ray Lamontagne, Radiohead, Bombay Bicycle Club, My Bloody Valentine, Kaiser Chiefs, and Elvis Costello. Speaking to the Ham & High, Crouch End residents objected to the proposed redevelopment: “Crouch End’s music heritage is what makes it such a special place to live. Turning such a culturally rich building into flats is not in the spirit of Crouch End,” said Sue Hessel, chairman of Haslemere Road Residents’ Association. “This will have a significant effect on the vitality of the local arts scene and the character of the area,” added Crouch Hill resident Steve Watson, in a letter to Haringey Council opposing the plans.The council have yet to decide on whether to grant appropriate planning permissions. www.thechurchstudios.com
Permission granted to turn Church Studios into flats
Despite more than 500 names on a petition to keep the former chapel as a studio, Haringey Council has given musician David Gray permission to turn Church Studios into flats.