Move to develop film lab site into housing
Calls for more community amenities to be built
VILLAGERS gathered for their Christmas fayre on Sunday at Farnham Common Sports Club, in One Pin Lane.
There was a range of stalls, a raffle, produce and crafts to buy and face painting for the youngsters to enjoy. A FORMER laboratory behind processing Hollywood blockbusters could be redeveloped into a housing estate with a cinema.
Deluxe Laboratories in Denham along with its site in California, worked to process such well known films as The Great Escape, Star Wars, The Magnificent Seven and ET the Extra Terrestrial.
But after a decline in work, due to the move to digital, the laboratory stopped work in March earlier this year.
Now developers have put in an application to redevelop the Grade II listed art deco building and site, in North Orbital Road.
If the plans, submitted on November 25, get the go ahead the site will have 70 new homes and 105 flats.
The Denham Film Laboratory building would be converted into 49 apartments.
The history of the site would not be completely eradicated however, with plans to keep an existing cinema.
Denham councillor Paul Jefferys, who sits on the planning committee, said: “From a personal view, I feel they have made a good effort to keep the community and parish council informed about their plans, consulting at all the stages.
“They requested to attend parish council meetings to share their vision and invited councillors site.
“They have allocated a community room and small cinema to benefit the community.”
Mr Jefferys added: “My concern is future schooling for the children of Denham,” he added. “Especially now the Holy Cross site in Chalfont St Peter will have properties on it instead of the Church of England School move that was proposed by Chalfont St Peter Parish Council.
“The local authorities need to make more effort in planning services such as schooling, doctors, hospitals, road networks now there is a drive to build more and more homes.”
People will be able to offer their views via the South Bucks District Council planning website by December 23.
A decision is expected by February 24, 2015.
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FEST OF FESTIVITIES: Above, Eliza Baker, five, and Julia Senerowski, six, enjoyi the day; right, Mark Frater puckers up under the mistlet and far right; Lily Kaloferova four, gets her face decorated