Pinewood pro­test­ers en­joy peace

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PRO­TEST­ERS against the Pinewood Stu­dios de­vel­op­ment say that they are en­joy­ing the last pe­riod of tran­quil­lity be­fore work be­gins on the project.

Pinewood, in Iver Heath, won an ap­peal in June against South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil’s decision to refuse per­mis­sion for its £250mil­lion ex­pan­sion plan, much of which is set to be built on green­belt land.

The stu­dios ar­gued it was nec­es­sary for it to ex­pand so it could re­main com­pet­i­tive on the global stage while en­sur­ing it was still able to at­tract the most pres­ti­gious film and tele­vi­sion projects from around the world.

Fol­low­ing the ap­peal, pro­test­ers Stop Project Pinewood an­nounced it would not chal­lenge the gov­ern­ment’s decision be­cause of the cost of the process, so Pinewood can be­gin the project at any time.

No date has yet been an­nounced for the work to be­gin, so peo­ple liv­ing nearby say they are en­joy­ing the neigh­bour­ing fields while they still can.

Sylvie Lowe, chair­man of Stop Project Pinewood, of Pinewood Green, said: “We haven’t been told any­thing yet about when the work will start.

“As far as I’m con­cerned, I’m en­joy­ing the fact that it hasn’t started yet.

“I drive past it [the area where the de­vel­op­ment will be built] all the time, and I can still see all the wildlife there and it’s re­ally nice to look at.

“It’s a real shame, but I think peo­ple need to en­joy it while they still can.”

The project, known as the Pinewood Stu­dios De­vel­op­ment Frame­work, will dou­ble the size of the stu­dios by adding 100,000 sq m of new fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing 12 stages, work­shops and pro­duc­tion of­fices. An an­nounce­ment about the project is ex­pected in the com­ing weeks.

Pinewood Stu­dios was un­avail­able for com­ment.

Pho­tos by Chris Berry www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410768

FUN AND FRIENDLY: (Above) Cof­fee drink­ing and knit­ting at the Fair­trade morn­ing; (right, from left) Linda Saun­ders, Norma Cressy and Doris Grant

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