Famous London studio wins two years battle over the sound of silence

12 Oct

A full public inquiry had been due to take place in May that would have focused on the evidence of expert witnesses who would have tried to establish to what extent excavation work would have disrupted recording at the studio in the cavernous Lyndhurst Hall, a Grade II listed building.

Mr Jeffreys, the chief executive of the Oxford Business Group, a research and consultancy firm, and his wife, refused to comment.

But a statement released by their architect, Thomas Croft, said: “The family has decided to withdraw the application to extend their family home in light of the decision to move the process to a full public inquiry.

“The family has every intention of remaining in their home for many years to come.”

While the dispute surrounding the “iceberg” basement is now resolved, Mr Woolf says there could be legal tussles over the £200,000 the studio has ran up in legal fees and architectural and acoustic reports it commissioned to use at the public inquiry.

“We are about £200,000 down after this battle. We want to try to recover some of that money through the planning process,” he said.

“This whole process has been a needless and abject waste of time and money. We feel the Jeffreys handled it terribly. I don’t think they understand the impact this has had on the thousands of people it has affected.

“This entire planning application has been a management distraction for us. Meanwhile, a lot of musicians and orchestras have also been waiting for this to be resolved.

“This is, after all, about a blooming swimming pool. If they were building a hospital or research centre it would be different.”

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