And ac­tion: film stu­dio to grow

Pinewood to ex­pand in green belt

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WORK is set to be­gin on the first phase of the Pinewood Stu­dios ex­pan­sion after a coun­cil gave it the go ahead to pro­ceed.

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC) gave the green light to the de­vel­op­ment at a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day last week.

Pinewood Stu­dios has al­ready re­ceived out­line per­mis­sion for the ex­pan­sion after the gov­ern­ment granted its ap­peal ear­lier this year.

SBDC had turned down the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion due to con­cerns that much of the de­vel­op­ment would take place on green belt land, but after an ap­peal, the Gov­ern­ment gave per­mis­sion due to the eco­nomic ben­e­fits the ex­pan­sion is set to bring to the UK.

At Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing, the coun­cil gave the go ahead for the first phase of the de­vel­op­ment, which will in­volve the build­ing of sound stages, of­fices, work­shops, and new in­fra­struc­ture.

Due to out­line per­mis­sion al­ready hav­ing been given, the coun­cil was un­able to de­bate the de­vel­op­ment, and had to con­cen­trate on the in­di­vid­ual ap­pli­ca­tion.

Speak­ing meet­ing com­mit­tee after the plan­ning mem­ber Jen­nifer Woolveridge said: “It was very muted. There were no prob­lems with it and it went through.”

The decision means that work on the de­vel­op­ment can be­gin at any point, although no date has yet been set.

Theover­allde­vel­op­ment will see Pinewood Stu­dios dou­ble in size, and man­agers at the stu­dio hope that this will mean that it will be able to at­tract and ac­com­mo­date the most pres­ti­gious film, tele­vi­sion and video game projects from around the world.

Sylvie Lowe, of Pinewood Green, Iver Heath, who cam­paigned against the de­vel­op­ment, said: “The im­por­tant thing now is that we watch the build­ing work closely and make sure that they are only do­ing what has been agreed.”

SAD­DLE UP: Pupils from Her­itage House School in Cameron Road, Che­sham, re­ceived the Bank Farm Rid­ing for the Dis­abled Achieve­ment Award in recog­ni­tion of the im­prove­ment all the rid­ers have at­tained dur­ing the year A GROUP of young dis­abled rid­ers has been pre­sented with an award in recog­ni­tion of the pupils’ progress over the year.

Pupils from Her­itage House School in Cameron Road, Che­sham, re­cently had their last ses­sion of the term at Bank Farm Rid­ing for the Dis­abled in Bank Green, Belling­don.

The young­sters re­ceived the Bank Farm Rid­ing for the Dis­abled Achieve­ment Award in recog­ni­tion of the ‘re­mark­able’ im­prove­ment all the rid­ers from Her­itage House have at­tained dur­ing the year.

Chair­man of Bank Farm Rid­ing for the Dis­abled Anne Coney said: “They are very lucky to have a coach in Mary Lane whose en­thu­si­asm and tal­ent has cre­ated the lessons for them to achieve so much in bal­ance and con­fi­dence.”

The im­por­tant

thing now is we watch the build­ing work

closely

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