Pinewood protesters enjoy peace
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.
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