Comedian Russell Brand is facing opposition over his plans to create a recording studio at his 15th century pub. The star has submitted an application to change the use of his garage to a studio where he will record his You Tube channel.
Brand had already angered locals by purchasing the only pub in the village of Pishill, Henley-on-Thames, for £850,000 – and announcing plans to turn it into a vegan restaurant. Now, his company – named Pablo Diablo's Legitimate Business Firm Ltd – has applied to South Oxfordshire District Council for further alterations at the Grade II-listed The Crown.
Planning documents reveal that Brand, 47, is keen to get the work done as soon as possible before the launch of a new show on September 25. The pub, used as a popular wedding venue, is temporarily closed and being used as accommodation for Brand's freelance staff.
The property comprises outdoor seating, a car park, a detached barn, a two-bedroom cottage and a garage. Planning documents to support the application state: "The entire property has recently undergone a change of ownership and the public house is temporarily closed whilst plans to refurbish the building and formulate the nature of the new establishment are put in place.
"The intention is to reopen the public house in due course. In the meantime, it is being occupied in part by staff working on a freelance basis for the applicant.