Keep­ing a close eye on Pinewood growth

Neigh­bours ready as works be­gin at film stu­dio

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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.

ARTIST’S IM­PRES­SION: How the new de­vel­op­ment at Pinewood Stu­dios will fit into the sur­round­ing area

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.

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