And action: film studio to grow
Pinewood to expand in green belt
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.”
thing now is we watch the building work