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Bray Film Studios could be turned into housing
Rocky Horror Picture show
The Rocky Horror Picture show was made at Bray Studios

Hammer Horror fans, film makers and residents converged at Bray Film Studios on Tuesday to find out about plans for the historic site.

The studios, which have been used to film scenes ranging from the Rocky Horror Picture Show to The Mummy's Shroud could be converted to housing.

The exhibition gave residents a chance to view the plans ahead of the planning application.

Film fans also took the opportunity to descend on the historic studios.

Among them was Kevin Davies, who worked at Bray Studios during the 1980s. He had travelled to the studios from North London with his son Liam.

Kevin Davies
Kevin Davies travelled from London to see Bray Studios

Hammer Horror

Mr Davies said: "I used to come here a lot when I was working on Terrahawks, the Gerry Anderson puppet show."

"Today I took my son here, because it's probably his last chance to see around this studio complex.

"I used to go into the studios and watch them film Martian landscapes and rockets hanging on wires in front of starry backgrounds.

"It was all terribly exciting.

"There's been some Hammer Horror fans here. It's a place rich with history. It's terribly sad but that history is coming to an end."

However, neighbour Andrew Hall disagreed.

He said: "I think it's a good plan, a good plan for the neighbourhood. I think the heritage of the Bray Film Studios is best preserved in Oakley Court Hotel, because a film set is thrown away afterwards, but the film set for the Rocky Horror Picture Show is the Oakley Court Hotel, and that is a lasting monument and a beautiful building."

Terrific history

Bray resident Colin Burgess agrees.

He said: "In general we're quite happy with the development.

"This place has been here a long time and it's got a terrific history, but just looking around here, it's seen much better days."

However, parish councillor Peter Janikoum said that he thought the studios should continue in their current usage.

He said: "It would be nice to keep them going as studios, wouldn't it?"

In its publication, Bray Management Ltd, which owns the site, proposes replacing the studios with seven houses and a media office and studio building.

Down Place, a Grade II listed building facing the Thames, will be retained and converted back into residential use.

The company expects to submit a planning application to Windsor and Maidenhead Council within the next one to two months.

It says that in recent years, Bray Film Studios have been unable to keep up with technological advancements and strong competition from other studios such as Pinewood and Shepperton.

The company also says it is difficult to upgrade Bray Film Studios due to its greenbelt location.




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