Traffic fears as studio expands
Protesters attempt ‘damage limitation’
A SURGE in traffic will be one of the main concerns aired at a meeting discussing the details of Pinewood Studios’ £200million expansion.
South Bucks District councillor Wendy Matthews expects the expansion to be included in a planning meeting on Wednesday, December 17, although this will be confirmed within a week before the meeting.
The government granted the studio, in Iver Heath, permission to expand its site onto green belt land in June. Campaigners against the original plan are keen to scrutinise the development to limit disruption.
Councillor Matthews said: “HGV traffic and traffic in general is a huge problem area.
“This will make things worse.”
The meeting will discuss particulars such as landscape requirements, drainage and routes used for construction.
The plans involve doubling the size of the studios by adding a total of 100,000 sqm of new facilities, including studios and stages, workshops and production offices.
Work will be split into two phases over a 15-year construction period, with the first phase set to begin between January and April next year.
Part of the development will be built on an area of green belt land close to the studio site.
Councillor Matthews added: “I think Pinewood would like to be considered as a good neighbour but expansions
whole this big are inevitably going to have an effect on the surroundings.”
Sylvie Lowe of Stop Project Pinewood says she has seen construction work at a field at the junction with Seven Hills Road.
However, Pinewood Studios said this is related to work on a film which may or may not be shot and is not construction for the expansion project.
Thornbridge Road and Pinewood Green is used as a shortcut between Pinewood Road and the A412 Church Road.
Mrs Lowe claims this route is likely to become busier as motorists try to avoid construction traffic.
The group will carry out ‘damage limitation’, assuring the development sticks to legislative work hours and remains within permitted noise levels, Mrs Lowe added.