Plan to de­velop film site into new homes

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

PLANS have been drawn up to turn the site of a for­mer film pro­cess­ing plant into hun­dreds of new homes.

Ear­lier this year, Deluxe Film Lab­o­ra­to­ries in North Orib­tal Road, Den­ham, closed its doors after nearly 80 years.

The site had been used to process a huge num­ber of high-pro­file films, but had found business to be dry­ing up in re­cent years due to the ad­vent of dig­i­tal film mak­ing.

It closed for business in March this year and has been va­cant since then.

Now de­vel­op­ers Bloor Homes has an­nounced plans to de­velop the site.

Ideas for de­vel­op­ment were shown to neigh­bours at a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 20, and in­clude 224 new homes.

Th­ese will in­clude a mix­ture of apart­ments and fam­ily homes of vary­ing sizes, and about 40 per cent will be af­ford­able homes.

The site’s art deco Grade II listed build­ing will be con­verted to al­low apart­ments to be placed within it.

A state­ment from Bloor Homes said: “We be­lieve the build­ing is ide­ally suited for con­ver­sion to res­i­den­tial use and will make ex­cel­lent apart­ments for mod­ern liv­ing while re­spect­ing and en­hanc­ing the orig­i­nal build­ing.”

In keep­ing with the site’s his­tory, Bloor says the main build­ing will in­clude a small cin­ema which can be used by the com­mu­nity.

The site has two cin­ema rooms, which were used by direc­tors to view their pro­cessed films. Of the 224 new homes, 175 will be built within the grounds of the orig­i­nal lab­o­ra­to­ries, with 49 in the Grade II listed build­ing. There would also be gar­den space in­cluded, and wood­land at the site would be opened up to be­come a com­mu­nity re­source. Bloor Homes hopes to sub­mit plans to South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil soon.

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