To: Camden Council, Belsize Park, Hampstead and Frognal and Fitzjohns Residents and Councillors, Tulip Siddiq MP and Greg Clark MP - Secretary of State for DCLG

Save Air Studios

Save Air Studios

You are invited to reject the application for a major development which would disrupt the workings of Air recording studios, possibly cause damage to the building and its surroundings and may force them to close.

1. Sign the petition; and
2. Write letters of objection to Rob Tulloch of Camden (who is the Case Officer) at

Do use the petition as a template and quote the case number in your email. Do make some changes to the petition to make this your own objection else Camden will treat all objections which look the same as one objection.

The case numbers are:
2015/2089/P 2015/2109/L and 2015/7079/P & 2015/7300/L
Re address: 11 Rosslyn Hill, NW3

Why is this important?

AIR Studios began its long and prestigious history in 1969 when Sir George Martin left EMI to establish an independent recording complex in the heart of central London. It became one of the most successful studio operations in the world.

In 1992 AIR Studios relocated to the beautiful Lyndhurst Hall on the corner of Rosslyn Hill and Lyndhurst Road and called it Air Lyndhurst. You will remember that the site was derelict for some time and there was a substantial makeover of this building by Air Studios which regenerated this corner of Hampstead and brought life and glamour to the local area.

When Sir George retired in 2006 AIR was bought by Richard Boote and is now run by Richard and his business partner Paul Woolf.

Since its opening AIR has continued to be Britain’s premier scoring facility attracting some of the world’s biggest movies scores, as well as maintaining its popularity with major classical labels and high profile recording artists. Many major film scores including the following have been recorded here: Interstellar, Grand Budapest Hotel, Cinderella, The Hunger Games (1, 2, & 3) and artists such as Coldplay, Muse, Sir Paul McCartney, George Michael are regulars too.

Next door to this building is a residence, hardly seen by passers-by, which is wedged by the side of Air Studios. The owners have applied for planning permission for major redevelopment which involves a substantial basement under most of this imposing site.

The first planning application can be found here:

The second planning application is not yet up on Camden's website.

The problem with this development is that it may close the business of Air Studios for the following reasons:

1. As a recording studio it is extremely noise sensitive and if work of this nature and length were to be granted the go ahead it would render the studios inoperable for a long period of time.
2. This would not only result in loss of earnings for the company but would affect many musicians and orchestras, film companies etc as there are not enough alternate facilities available in London or the UK.
3. The structural risk is serious. The basement, whose construction would devastate the site, is far too big, and would not be acceptable under the Draft Local Plan now out for consultation. There are precedents for Draft Plans to be used in determining applications, especially in relation to listed buildings.
4. The Basement Impact Assessment states that damage to adjoining buildings would be no more than Burland Scale 2. This is too much, with unequal listed buildings on each side; one dating from the 18th Century, no doubt of rustic character, the other of late 19th Century, carrying a huge load. We cannot afford to see either damaged in any way.
5. Lack of compliance with proper process and also the risk attendant with the underground stream.
6. As yet there has been no consultation and no compliance with the Party Wall Act.

They have letters of support from the MU, BFC as well as from major Hollywood composers like David Arnold and Hans Zimmer. The purpose of this petition is to let the people of Hampstead have their say.

It seems to me that there is a point of philosophy here to be explored which is, to what extent should a development be allowed if it will seriously and deleteriously impact the livelihood and success of a business such as a recording studios which brings not only revenues to our local authority but also kudos to our area.

It is undoubtedly an enhancement of Hampstead for the Studios to be here. But they have told me that they will have to close for 6 - 12 months if not longer if the development gets the go ahead and they may never re-open.

This seems to me to be unjust and I would invite you to record your agreement by signing the petition.

I will continue to download and deliver the petition to the addressees on various dates as we hit various milestones with signatures. Please keep signing the petition until we get a result on this application. I will keep you informed of progress throughout.

Thank you.

Jessica Learmond-Criqui

How it will be delivered

From time to time as matters evolve and signatures increase, the petition will be downloaded and emailed to Rob Tulloch, the Leader and CEO of Camden Council, all Councillors in Belsize Park, Hampstead and Frognal and Fitzjohns, our MP, Tulip Siddiq and to the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark MP.

Hampstead and Belsize London NW3

Reasons for signing

  • AIR studios are a part of this area heritage as well as a major contributor to the uk music business. Do we just want to chuck our heritage down the drain for someones greedy property development.
  • For god sakes it's obvious that what truly matters, money won't buy, and true art means precious little to the overzealous homeowner intent on expanding a McMansion to the detriment of this extraordinary studio producing sounds that touch so many.
  • Air Studios is the best, its awesome!!!


2016-11-22 22:07:18 +0000

The latest twist in this saga is that Mr and Mrs Jefferies, Air’s neighbours, have appealed to the Inspector in relation to their first application on the basis that Camden has not made a decision on their application within the normal time limits. For the moment, Air is making the appropriate representations so there is nothing that you are required to do at this stage.

For info, Camden Council has now issued a letter confirming that they object to the plans which is helpful to Air’s case. We are very pleased to see that the planning department now object to the development on the grounds that the impact on Air Studios has not been properly considered or addressed. This is in contrast to the planning department’s original support for the development proposals and this change of position has no doubt been driven by the sustained objection from so many of you who have supported us.

The Planning Inspector still has to determine the appeal.

2016-02-04 12:48:08 +0000

For foreign signatories, please use Air Studios post code to sign. It is NW3 5NG. I hope that helps. Do pass this info on.

2015-11-27 12:22:32 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2015-06-08 20:44:09 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2015-06-06 19:55:49 +0100

Hampstead rocks! There are now 3,400+ signatures on the petition in less than 2 days. Really well done. Let's see how many more we can obtain by midnight on Tues!

2015-06-05 15:37:25 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-06-05 13:10:36 +0100

Well one everyone! We are up to 502 signatures now! Let's get to 3,000 by next Tues. Keep up the great work! Jessica

2015-06-05 13:08:20 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-06-05 10:21:09 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-06-05 08:49:46 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-06-05 06:55:37 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-06-05 00:01:41 +0100

10 signatures reached

2015-06-04 23:10:31 +0100

Camden New Journal article is below: