Pro­test­ers lose fight to halt film stu­dio’s spread

Govern­ment agrees green belt plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

PRO­TEST­ERS fight­ing a film stu­dio’s plans to ex­pand say they will not take their bat­tle to the courts fol­low­ing the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to al­low the scheme to go ahead.

The govern­ment last month gave per­mis­sion for Pinewood Stu­dios to ex­pand its site in Iver Heath on to nearby green belt land.

The rul­ing fol­lowed the pub­lic in­quiry held af­ter Pinewood ap­pealed against the South Bucks District Coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to turn down the ap­pli­ca­tion last year.

Peo­ple fight­ing the scheme had un­til the end of this month to chal­lenge the govern­ment de­ci­sion, but said they will in­stead con­cen­trate on en­sur­ing work is car­ried out with min­i­mum dis­rup­tion to their lives.

Sylvie Lowe, chair­man of protest group Stop Project Pinewood, which had been fight­ing against Pinewood’s plans to ex­pand since 2007, said: “There are two prob­lems with fight­ing the de­ci­sion.

“First of all it’s a very ex­pen­sive process and we wouldn’t be able to af­ford it, and the sec­ond prob­lem is that we would need to fight it on the ba­sis that due process had not been fol­lowed, and it has been, so it doesn’t give us much that we can fight it on. As dis­gusted as we are by the de­ci­sion, there is not much that we can chal­lenge in court, es­pe­cially when the costs of it are so high.”

Mrs Lowe said she and her neigh­bours will wait for the work to start and will be ready to chal­lenge Pinewood if they see fit.

She said: “We don’t know when they will start work, but we’re ex­pect­ing it be­fore March next year.

“We’ll be watch­ing them when the work starts. We have to make sure that they stick to what has been agreed.”

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