Protesters lose fight to halt film studio’s spread
Government agrees green belt plan
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.”