Leeds Studio Co-op: Not-for-profit recording company seeks to add mobile music studio to Headingley site

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A planning application for a mobile music recording studio in Headingley has been submitted.

The company, which according to its website sets up soundproof workspaces for lease and hire, mainly for musicians, writes that a newly fitted mobile studio would complement its current space.

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Leeds Studio Co-op's container is currently fitted with a mobile music studio. Leeds Studio Co-op's container is currently fitted with a mobile music studio.
Leeds Studio Co-op's container is currently fitted with a mobile music studio. | Google/TNT Leeds Properties Ltd

In a design and access statement, _TnT Leeds Properties Ltd writes on behalf of the studio: “An existing container that was to be removed from the site ... has now been fitted as a mobile studio[...].

“When not being used to tour other venues, it is proposed to retain this on site to complement a reduced number of studios in the building (from the original nine to six).

Studio Co-op is a not-for-profit organisation, and works with young people as well as adults with learning disabilities. It was awarded a £50,000 grant of public money and a £100,000 loan from the Key Fund - which was ring fenced for the ground floor studios only.

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Leeds City Council also granted the organisation £125,000 as part of its “innovation@Leeds” scheme, which is funding the construction of an accessible toilet and the two first floor studios.

The applicant continued: “Accessibility forms a key component of the strategy and the full range of facilities will be available with level access at ground floor.”

“However, building costs have continued to rise significantly since the original application such that the mobile studio is now needed as an integral part of the business plan.”

Consultation is set to begin on Monday, July 15, with comments to be submitted by July 23, 2024.

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