Move to de­velop film lab site into hous­ing

Calls for more com­mu­nity ameni­ties to be built

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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“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.

What do you think? Email buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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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

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