Keeping a close eye on Pinewood growth
Neighbours ready as works begin at film studio
BUILDING work on the first phase of the Pinewood Studios development is set to begin this month.
The studios in Iver Heath received permission from the government to expand onto green belt land following an appeal, and before Christmas, South Bucks District Council approved the design of the first phase of the £200m plan.
It means that work can now start on construction, which will comprise of filming stages and offices.
People in Iver Heath and surrounding areas fought against the plans, believing that the green belt land on which the studios plan to build should be protected.
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However, Pinewood the government gave argued that it needs to permission for the expand in order to development to go ahead, accommodate increased saying that although the demand, and that if it was green belt should be not allowed to grow, it protected, that Pinewood’s would be unable to special circumstances compete with other were of utmost studios around the world, importance. which it said would be Sylvie Lowe of damaging to the British Pinewood Green, Iver film industry and the Heath, who campaigned national and local against the development, economies. said: “We’re expecting
Following there to be disruption and
appeal, we still think it’s a great shame, but we have to accept it now.
“We’re going to be watching it closely to make sure that it all goes ahead as planned.”
The plans to expand Pinewood’s site followed an ambitious scheme called Project Pinewood, which would have involved permanent film sets resembling world cities which would have doubled as homes. This was rejected by the government in 2010.
A statement from Pinewood Studios confirmed that its expansion work will start this month.
It also hoped that the buildings being constructed as part of the first phase of the development will be able to be occupied from early next year.