Pinewood work ‘to start soon’
Early 2015 if permission is granted
PINEWOOD Studios is hoping to start work on the first phase of its expansion plans early next year.
The studio in Iver Heath, home of the James Bond franchise, is awaiting approval from South Bucks District Council for the first stage of its plan.
It has asked to build five stages, 10 workshops, production offices and associated infrastructure and landscaping, and says it anticipates a response from the district council by the end of this year.
Sylvie Lowe, Pinewood Green,
of who fought against the scheme as head of the Stop Project Pinewood Group, said: “We need to see what the district council has to say about the planning application.
“We don’t know how the work will take place or what their schedule will be, we have to wait and see. It’s not something that we are looking forward to at all.”
The studios was granted outline permission for the expansion following a lengthy battle which started with the controversial Project Pinewood plans in 2007, which would have involved homes, doubling as film sets, being built on green belt land.
When that was rejected by South Bucks District Council as well as by the government, Pinewood launched plans for the Pinewood Studios Development Framework, which still involved building on part of the green belt, without the housing plan.
South Bucks District Council rejected that too after much discussion, but this summer, following an appeal, the government gave its permission.
Pinewood says the expansion is required for it to continue to remain competitive globally.
If the work begins in the first months of 2015 it is expected to be completed by early 2016.