Plan to develop film site into new homes
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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