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Russell Brand faces backlash over plans for a recording studio in a Grade II listed 15th-century pub

Russell Brand is facing backlash over plans for a recording studio to record his YouTube channel in a Grade II listed 15th-century pub

  • Russell Brand, 47, wants to open a recording studio for his YouTube channel
  • The comedian is launching a new show this month for his 5.9 million subscribers
  • He plans to build it at The Crown Pub in Oxfordshire, which he bought in 2020
  • Some local residents have opposed the move, saying the pub is already too crowded

Russell Brand is facing backlash over his plans to build a recording studio in his 15th-century pub.

The comedian has applied to convert part of The Crown pub into a studio where he will record videos for his YouTube channel and its 6 million subscribers.

Mr Brand angered locals by buying the only pub in the village of Pishill, Henley-on-Thames, for £850,000 to convert into a vegan restaurant.

His company, Pablo Diablo’s Legitimate Business Firm Ltd, has applied to South Oxfordshire County Council for further changes to listed company The Crown.

Scheduling documents show Mr Brand, 47, is keen to get the job done as soon as possible before a new show starts on September 25.

Russell Brand, 47, is planning to build a recording studio for his YouTube channel at his Oxfordshire pub

Russell Brand, 47, is planning to build a recording studio for his YouTube channel at his Oxfordshire pub

Mr Brand bought pub The Crown in the small village of Pishill, Henley-on-Thames for £850,000 in 2020. He plans to turn it into a vegan restaurant

Mr Brand bought pub The Crown in the small village of Pishill, Henley-on-Thames for £850,000 in 2020. He plans to turn it into a vegan restaurant

The pub, used as a popular wedding venue, is temporarily closed and used as accommodation for Brand’s freelance staff.

The Crown has outdoor seating, a car park, a detached barn, a two bedroom cottage and a garage.

Planning documents supporting the motion state: “The entire property has recently undergone a change of ownership and the Inn is temporarily closed while plans to refurbish the building and formulate the nature of the new facility are put into effect.

“It is intended to reopen the inn in due course. In the meantime, it is partly being filled freelance for the applicant.

‘The delivery of the new studio means that the production staff can be moved there and that plans to reopen the inn can move forward.’

But a neighbor has already spoken out against the plans, citing a stand-up show put on by Mr Brand at The Barn, which forms part of the pub.

She wrote: “An appearance by Russell Brand on his stand-up show gave a taste of life under new owners; anyway, there were cars everywhere, double and triple parked with at least eight on the proposed development site.

Mr Brand has met some opposition to his plans from locals, who argue the area is too busy with his various businesses based around the pub

Mr Brand has met some opposition to his plans from locals, who argue the area is too busy with his various businesses based around the pub

“We therefore believe that with all areas, i.e. the offices, studios and the venue (The Barn) operating and doing so as of now, The Crown is currently unable to sustain the business model envisioned by the owners due to an insufficient number of parking spaces As Russell and Laura Brand continue to be more successful, which I hope and certainly will, the parking and road safety problems will only get worse.

“I hope this email expresses my disappointment at our new neighbors’ determination to proceed with their plans, regardless of the impact on our shared local environment, or indeed on me and my family.

“I sincerely hope that you can convince them that they must stop and wait for appropriate surveys and investigations to be completed and reported on before taking any further action.”

The Conservation Team and Pishill from Stonor Council have also raised concerns about the impact of noise.

On August 16, Environmental Protection proposed a “soundproofing-soundproofing scheme-noise” from inside the building — in an attempt to control “noise” inside and outside the building.

The team wrote: “No development shall take place until a plan for noise control of the building has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.”

The local council added that they wanted to see some progress on the pub’s reopening before additional uses were considered.

Mr Brand and his wife Laura, who live in Henley, bought The Crown in March 2020.

He said the pub will reopen and be refurbished once his recording studio is built.

The target decision date is set for September 27th.

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Bradford Betz

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