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Local Democracy Reporting Service

Holborn Studios, described by fashion photographer Helmut Newton as the “Abbey Road of photography”, has been given a further reprieve after supporters were given permission to have a demolition decision reviewed by the courts.

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Galliard Homes was given council permission in January to bulldoze the building to make way for 50 luxury flats with attached workspace.

Mrs Justice Lieven said there are “arguable grounds” for the permission to be overturned and supporters will go to court this week.

Photographer Bill Ling said: “They should be putting blue plaques on the wall to say who worked here. If you’re into photography at all, this place is world famous.

“David Bailey’s pictures that were one the walls in the National Portrait Gallery, some of them were shot [at Holborn], and they’re going to bulldoze this place down.

The Studios were set up in 1988 at the then-derelict Eagle Wharf, and are now a family business supporting 350 jobs.

The Studios’ challenge will argue that the Town Hall unlawfully prohibited its planning committee from reading representations made to it on policy support for maintaining cultural and creative facilities at Eagle Wharf.

Company secretary Margaret McCartney added: “I think it’s important that Hackney Council understands there are 350 jobs here that will go if they push us out of the building.

Hackney Council was approached for comment.