Wiltshire

Musician's 'dream' recording studio is demolished

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Media captionDisabled musician Nick Allen's recording studio is demolished by Wiltshire Council over a planning breach.

A musician estimates he is more than £220,000 worse off after his wheelchair-accessible recording studio was demolished over a planning breach.

Nick Allen had permission to rebuild a barn in Holt, near Bradford-on-Avon, but not to convert it into a studio.

Wiltshire Council said it contravened planning policy and must be removed - a decision backed by the Planning Inspectorate and the High Court.

Mr Allen, a wheelchair user, said the demolition "had destroyed a dream".

Image caption Nick Allen spent all of his money building the studio in Holt

"Nobody gains anything from this," he said.

"The council's not interesting in music or helping disabled musicians... I don't have the resources to do this anywhere else now."

He said the building had cost £160,000, and that he had spent a further £40,000 on legal expenses and £20,000 to £30,000 on demolition.

"It was such a beautiful building and so disabled-friendly," he added.

In a statement Wiltshire Council said it would "...always advise people wishing to build or make changes to plans to consult us first to avoid unnecessary expense".

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