Church back in use as recording studio

Members were satisfied that fears over parking and noise were being mitigated as much as possible as they approved a scheme for a new music venue in Thropton.

Coquetdale Music Trust wants to convert the former United Reformed Church into a recording studio, performance space and multi-use hall.

Objector David Parnaby, who lives nearby, told the meeting that while he had no issues over the building’s use as a recording studio or music education venue, he was very concerned about its use as a performance space.

He was worried that a large number of spectators at a concert would put strain on the already-problematic parking situation in the village, while the noise, both from the venue and a crowd of people all leaving at once and getting into cars, may be an issue.

On the parking front, a county council highways officer explained that it was difficult to object as it would not necessarily bring any more cars than if the building remained as a church.

Members were also told that conditions would be placed on the noise from the venue and that while street noise was difficult to control, complaints could be investigated.

Architect Tristan Spicer pointed out that the scheme was bringing a ‘landmark building’ back into use.