Traf­fic fears as stu­dio ex­pands

Pro­test­ers at­tempt ‘dam­age lim­i­ta­tion’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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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.

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