Russell Brand faces backlash over recording studio plans at Grade II listed 15th century pub
Russell Brand faces 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 in The Crown pub in Oxfordshire, which he bought in 2020
- Some residents have opposed the move, saying the pub is already too busy
Russell Brand is facing a backlash over his plan 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 Pishill village’s only pub, Henley-on-Thames, for £850,000 with the intention of turning it into a vegan restaurant.
His company, Pablo Diablo’s Legitimate Business Firm Ltd, has asked South Oxfordshire District Council to make further changes to the Grade II listed company The Crown.
Planning documents show Mr Brand, 47, wants to get the job as soon as possible before a new show launches on September 25.
Russell Brand, 47, plans to build a recording studio for his YouTube channel in his Oxfordshire pub
Mr Brand bought The Crown pub 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 freelance Brand staff.
La Couronne has terraces, parking, a detached barn, a two bedroom cottage and a garage.
Planning documents in support of the application state: “The entire property has recently changed hands and the public house is temporarily closed while plans are made to renovate the building and formulate the nature of the new establishment. put in place.
“The intention is to reopen the public house in due course. In the meantime, it is partly occupied by staff working freelance on behalf of the applicant.
“The delivery of the new studio will mean that production staff can be moved there and plans to reopen the public house can be continued.”
But a neighbor has already objected to the plans, citing a stand-up show Mr Brand put on at The Barn, which is part of the pub.
She wrote: “A performance by Russell Brand from his stand-up show gave a taste of life under the new owners; there were cars left haphazardly and everywhere, doubles and triples parked with at least eight on the proposed development site.
Mr Brand faces some opposition to his plans from locals who claim the area has become too busy with his various businesses around the pub
“We are therefore of the view that The Crown cannot currently maintain the business model adopted by the owners due to an insufficient number of parking spaces when all areas, i.e. offices, studios and the performance hall (The Barn) are up and running and as Russell and Laura Brand continues to be more successful, as I hope and am sure parking and road safety issues will only to get worse.
“I hope this email expresses my disappointment with our new neighbors’ determination to continue with their projects, regardless of the impact on our shared local environment or on myself and my family.”
“I sincerely hope you can impress on them the need to stop and wait for the proper inquiries and investigations to be concluded and reported before taking any further action.”
The Environmental Protection Team and Pishill with Stonor Parish Council have also raised concerns about the noise impact.
On August 16, the environmental protection proposed a “sound insulation-noise-control program” of the interior of the building – with the aim of “controlling the noise” of the interior and the building exterior.
The team wrote: ‘No development will take place until a building noise control plan has been submitted and approved in writing by the local planning authority.’
The parish council added that they wanted to see progress in reopening the pub before any further use is considered.
Mr Brand and his wife Laura, who live in Henley, bought The Crown in March 2020.
He said the pub would reopen and be refurbished once its recording studio was built.
The target decision date is September 27.