Studio feared new residents could complain about noise from filming

Assael's Isopad House, Shenley Road

Assael's Isopad House, Shenley Road

Assael Architecture has won planning for a 12-storey, 150-home development opposite Elstree Film Studios in Borehamwood.

The studio objected to the development on the grounds that new residents might complain about noise from activities at the 86-year-old facility where movies from Star Wars to this summer’s The World’s End were filmed.

A previous application was rejected and the client, Heronslea, then appointed Assael whose scheme was approved yesterday (Thursday) by Hertsmere council.

Assael's Isopad House, Shenley Road

Assael’s Isopad House, Shenley Road

The development on Shenley Road, known as Isopad House, sits on a prominent corner and will act as a gateway into the town centre, said a spokeswoman for Assael.

The design uses the language of 1930s art deco cinema architecture, a reference to the neighbouring sudios.

Four different colours of brickwork are used to reflect the different uses and the building steps down to seven storeys, providing some roof terraces.

The developers have promised that 36 of the flats will be “affordable”, 20 of them on a shared equity basis. The rest will be private one-, two- and three-bedroom flats.